BIM opens up worldwide collaboration possibilities

Practical applications of three dimensional design technology was the main subject covered at the fourth BIM Breakfast, held in Dubai

Andrew Killander, Aconex.
Andrew Killander, Aconex.

The practical applications of three dimensional design technology was the main subject covered at the fourth BIM Breakfast, held in Dubai.

More than 100 professionals from the design and build industry attended the event which took place today (Tuesday) at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel.

Ahmed Fahmy of Bentley was the first to speak and he referred to how BIM had become so much more than its initials – which stand for Business Information Modeling.

His talk was entitled BIM went beyond BIM. He said: “It’s now not just modelling – it’s management and mobility – it’s across the whole design and build operation. The technology is way beyond just building – it’s the concept and the theory as well. And it’s not just for the design team. “

He added that there were new varieties of the software becoming available such as BRIM – Bridge Information Modeling and Rim, which was concerned with roads.

Andrew Killander of Aconex agreed that BIM must be made available to all parties on a project.

He said: “Sometimes the client does not understand why an engineer is so excited about a particular part of a project – and that is because they have not seen what BIM can reveal.”

He said a recent project for a hospital in Adelaide had seen 3,000 people from 1,000 companies involved and several hundred of the businesses contributed to the BIM model.

“There is a need to contribute so that the model contains the level of data which everyone needs.”

He said Aconex had used the technology on its work on the Riyadh metro.

“There are 3,900 people involved in the project,” he said. “They come from 14 countries and they may tackle up to 14,000 issues a week – 2,000 a day. They are collaborating across the world and that is through BIM.”


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