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BIM: A model of efficiency and cost containment

January 21, 2020

Facilities managers benefit from the ability to do virtual walkthroughs of their existing or planned infrastructure. Having previously relied on two-dimensional (2D) drawings, these professionals are now able to use 3D modeling to make their planning processes more precise, accurate, and streamlined. Those in nearly any industry—not just buildings and facilities—who must justify expensive capital expenditures in heavy equipment and infrastructure will realize new opportunities for efficiency and savings with this type of technology.

That’s why Infor CloudSuite EAM version 11.5 offers an optional module called OpenCAD BIM—building information modeling. BIM can be defined as an intelligent 3D model-based process for creating and managing project data. BIM gives architecture, engineering, and construction professionals data access and tools that can help them more efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure.

Register for the on-demand webinar on BIM technology.

BIM models can be surfaced within CloudSuite EAM. The module’s two-way integration enables EAM to consume BIM data and vice versa, with the ability to associate and create EAM entities with BIM objects consuming their data—transforming design, construction, and maintenance capabilities.

To provide even greater insight at the micro-level, this version improves the ability to stage materials, describe parts in greater detail, add filters to equipment lists, and populate the last meter reading on the release of PM work orders.

The product supports IFC standards for exchanging BIM data. IFC, or "Industry Foundation Classes", is a standardized, digital description of the built environment, including buildings and civil infrastructure. It is an open, international standard (ISO 16739-1:2018), meant to be vendor-neutral, or agnostic, and usable across a wide range of hardware devices, software platforms, and interfaces for many different use cases.

But what are the specific benefits of using BIM? Here are just three of many:

  • Accuracy and streamlined project preparation: Mapping tools, aerial imagery, digital elevations, and information about existing infrastructure can all be collected and shared in models within EAM. The 3D view makes planning and visualizing much easier than on paper.
  • A shared model instead of multiple versions: Members of each discipline contributing to the plans can update and annotate as needed without rework and duplication as with older methods. BIM drawing tools are faster than 2D drawing tools, and each object is connected to a database, which helps the model evolve automatically. Autosave, review and markup tools, and version history ensure everyone’s work is reflected.
  • Problems that are detected before they happen: BIM can help unearth potential clashes of elements such as piping or ductwork that run into a structural beam. Modeling helps discover such issues early, when making changes is much less costly. BIM also enables confident use of elements manufactured offsite since their fit can be ensured first through the model.

BIM provides a single, global view of a project, enabling teams to communicate more effectively and costs to be anticipated and contained. Register for Infor’s February 6 webinar to learn more about BIM technology.

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