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BIM : digital mockup generator. A perfectible (r)evolution.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is one of the most popular emerging technologies in building and civil engineering. Resolutely innovative, the BIM is unanimously recognized for the quality of its performance. However, its optimal use can still pose some difficulties.

BIM: short description

The BIM, a digital mockup generator, appears at the end of the 90s within CAD systems. These systems allow the automation of plans, at first in 2D, then today in 3D. (1*)

The idea of BIM is wonderfully simple: to embed in a plan other information related to its constituent objects. For example, to visualize the interrelation between a door and a wall, to specify the insulation performance of a window, to display the volume of a given space…

BIM therefore represents a significant progress. However, it has continued to evolve and is no longer limited to an augmented representation of a plan. BIM has become the unique and comprehensive source of all information related to the building as a whole. (This concept is called OOCAD, Object Oriented Computer Assisted Design.)

A notable progress for the construction industry

Having become an eminently reliable source of information, the BIM makes it possible to work on a unique and coherent model. This technology creates a de facto better coordination of the elements created by the various contributors and professions. The detection of errors is therefore optimized. As a result, costs decrease, schedules become simpler and lighter. Similarly, the collection of information necessary for the management of the completed building is greatly facilitated.


A management tool… that needs to be well managed

Imposing and complex, often different according to its operating system (2*), the BIM technology requires a great deal of attention from the users. Added to change management, to a number of specific requirements of multidisciplinary teams or to the intimidation generated by an innovative tool, these criteria constitute potential pitfalls for a good use of the system.

The solution: develop an essential interaction

BIM could be the model to follow for the management and exploitation of the data of a building. Except… Making it the ideal tool for managing the 3D model with augmented reality is risky. To see the dream tool of planning management through the inventory and costs is reckless.

BIM, and other technologies related to it, would benefit from interoperability between its different versions. An ability to share smart and structured information in a format that everyone can understand should emerge.

The GenieVision solution intends to deploy this capability.

GenieVision offers BIM features in augmented reality on site, to facilitate the (pre)visualization and control of objects. More than a utility software, GenieVision is a customized support. Its purpose is to allow you to better manage the adequacy of the BIM to your system.

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(1*) BIM is not limited to 3D. There are 4D models that integrate the dimension of time, for schedule management. Other versions include cost data, real estate asset management tools, information related to energy and environmental performance.

(2*) The BIM is present in the most popular CAD systems: Autodesk Revit, Bentley System, Graphisoft… Each of these systems take ownership of it differently, in order to exploit it in a more or less integrated way.