Gallery: How Building Information Modeling (BIM) Helps Buildings Go Gre...


Measure twice, cut once.

This old adage is one that craftsmen understand well and never question. Careful measurement and planning is essential in producing any quality product, and when it comes to the building industry, a lot of time and effort is spent on measuring and analyzing how a building’s design will interact with materials and environmental conditions like wind, sunlight, water and gravity. In the last couple of decades the building industry has gone digital, and building measurement and analysis tools have become increasingly high tech. Building Information Modeling (BIM) software is a relatively new, promising tool that allows architects and engineers to digitally model the different elements of a building (shape, structure, heating / cooling, cost, materials etc) in real-time and quickly understand how specific changes in design or construction models will impact other variables like structure, loads, energy efficiency and the fiscal bottom line. BIM has especially helped to enable sustainable design – allowing architects and engineers access to higher tech tools than ever before to carefully integrate and analyze things like heat gain, solar, ventilation, and energy efficiency in their designs.

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  1. cadd June 19, 2015 at 9:48 am

    BIM can work together a extensive range of variables. Simulating forces is one of them.

  2. Jessica Dailey June 30, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    The Miami Science Museum sounds amazing! And it’s really cool to understand how the architects used BIM software when designing the building.

  3. Andrew Michler June 30, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Pretty amazing stuff, buildings in the next few years are going to be natural element machines as much as shelter now that they can be fully modeled and integrated with the site. Had the pleasure of visiting Autodesk AEC and was astounded at the level of sophistication BIM can model basically entire cities.

  4. Rebecca Paul June 30, 2011 at 11:07 am

    The study of how the form of the building would affect the airflow is incredible. it’s great that we now have the tools to test and solve problems before the occur, rather than spending tons of money to fix them after the fact

  5. dan mendes June 30, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Seems to me, using BIM and energy efficient ventilation, lighting, and the rest could make it substantially easier to turn a building carbon neutral, hopefully this becomes heavily implemented in the industry

  6. Yuka Yoneda June 30, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Is there such a thing as BIM for laypeople? Like can normal homeowners use a more simple version for their own buildouts and remodels?

  7. Lori Zimmer June 30, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Hopefully this type of software will encourage green and sustainable design to become the standard

  8. Cliff Champion June 30, 2011 at 10:58 am

    it’s great to hear that the miami science museum is using such innovative software in the design process. i know the neighboring miami art museum is just as green! they’ve got a great design too.

  9. Kestrel Jenkins June 30, 2011 at 10:57 am

    The way the Miami Science center is utilizing sun and water in sustainable ways is inspiring. This holistic approach really encompasses the true meaning of BIM.

  10. Diane Pham June 30, 2011 at 10:50 am

    It’s amazing how far modeling software has come — and how architects, engineers, etc now have this clear and common ground they can work on together and test out their ideas to create truly sustainable buildings. Great example with the Miami Science Museum.

  11. Jasmin Malik Chua June 30, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Very informative!

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