When one considers the various ways in which BIM can be used and how its uses extend beyond just design & construction of a building, one can’t miss its applications in deploying and maintaining the building systems. It is interesting to note, that most articles talking about Building Information Modeling – BIM for building design and construction, scholarly and otherwise, tackling an application of BIM, or exploring its possibilities, still have an obligatory paragraph or two explaining what BIM stands for, what it does, and what it does not.
Technology, processes, software, collaborative way of working – have all been expanded upon in context of BIM. While BIM has been around for a considerable amount of time, its popularity is relatively nascent. It has been over a decade that architects, infrastructure planners, and urban planners have been exploring the applications of BIM to improve the quality of life, usability, and health & safety of the facility’s users.
Health & Safety
A building’s design and materials collectively contribute to its behavior towards health and safety of its users and occupants. Starting from occupant comfort, and inclusion of systems that contribute to the better health of the occupant, to including how the building will deal with disasters, natural or man-made, the building’s design needs to be responsible, as much as it needs to be responsive.
One of the most common, and sadly so, disasters a building could face during its life…