BIM is going to completely change the industry. We see it in how we ourselves design and engineer, but also in how others build and manage. Circular construction is getting closer thanks to the building passport that can be generated directly with BIM.
We build our BIM models from the first sketch design in ArchiCAD and check them in Solibri. Using modeling as a design tool, we can not only investigate multiple concepts, but also quickly generate the required data in every phase, such as about GFA and usable area, proportions, heights and housing numbers and -typologies. Feasibility studies are then both creatively and factually informative. By placing volumes in the area, we develop integrated urban design and make insolation studies. We then print 3D volumes or facades for scale models from ArchiCAD.
Our BIM model allows us to collaborate integrally with consultants and communicate with clients, municipalities or users. During the architectural design phase, we can, for example, use a BIMX version to include others in the experience and spatiality of our design. In virtual reality, you can walk around and through the building, and with Enscape we make extensive and accurate renders.
During the technical design phase, we exchange detailed information about, for example, the construction or fire resistance with consultants, by means of an IFC model. For all parties, the 3D display ensures fast communication about the smallest details. We work with builders, subcontractors and suppliers on parts of the model, so that all work processes connect seamlessly. Calculations, work preparation and increasingly also production drawings come directly from the model. Think of, for example, fully detailed prefab elements. During construction, the model can be used to check the execution on the construction site by means of an augmented reality display. Watching the model live, it can be checked whether walls, doors and other elements are in the right place.
After the realisation, the model remains of great value. It makes the maintenance process of the physical project easier. In the future, building passports will become a new standard for making circular construction possible. Due to the way we work with as-built BIM models, we can already obtain a complete overview of materials and parts. Later it can easily be found out what can be 'harvested' in a building.
We take a leading role in these developments. Both within a project and within the professional field. We make clear agreements in advance about which layers of information are added to the model at which stages. This allows all parties to work tailor-made and very focused. We advise on the best strategy and work on standards for the sector. For example, we contribute to the BNA ILS Design and Engineering and we are part of the ownership team of the ILS configurator. We share our knowledge during events such as the BNA or Kubus. In this way we contribute to the development of the profession.