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What is BIM?

By Jared Curtis on May 2, 2020 9:47:59 AM

Successful construction and infrastructure projects are backed by smart decision-making. Without accurate, real-time building data, this is virtually impossible. Existing Conditions provides architects, engineers, builders, owners, and real estate professionals with the comprehensive building documentation they need for these decisions. We do this using 3D laser scanning and a process known as building information modeling (BIM).

Many people have heard of laser scanning but aren’t as familiar with BIM. With that in mind, today we’re going to share the answers to some of the most common questions about BIM to give you the answers you need. 

What is BIM?

BIM is an intelligent form of 3D modeling. It provides AEC and CRE professionals with the information they need to make well-informed decisions about their buildings and infrastructure. Precise building information modeling provides you with critical insight. Ultimately, planning, designing, construction, and management becomes a safer, more efficient process.

This information provides architects, engineers, builders, owners, and real estate professionals with the information necessary to improve properties, optimize asset performance, and minimize risk.

What kind of technology is used?

Existing Conditions leverages reality capture and 3D laser scanning technologies to quickly deliver building information models. We use a full spectrum of laser scanning equipment from companies like Leica and FARO. We deploy a particular scanner based on what best fits the needs of the project.

3D laser scan data can be delivered in a variety of formats. At Existing Conditions, our drawings are primarily delivered in either Autocad .DWG file or Revit .RVT file, but we can also export to all known CAD platforms as well as PDF format.

Who can benefit from BIM?

We know firsthand and through deep market research that BIM provides substantial benefits to a wide array of customers in diverse markets and industries around the world. These foundational digital assets provide situational awareness and actionable data to a vast selection of industries.

For example, BIM is a valuable product that can be leveraged in many different ways by a number of different real estate professionals. The commercial real estate (CRE) industry uses BIM to implement a complete documentation solution with portfolio-level insights and a deeper understanding of their properties. 

A variety of other industries utilize these foundational digital assets to provide situational awareness and actionable data, including hospitality, medical facilities, parking structures, aviation, and more. Are you interested in learning more about what building information models and precise documentation can do for you and your business? Contact us here.

Jared Curtis

Written by Jared Curtis

President, Existing Conditions