BIM in project daily business

Aspirations and reality
BIM in project daily business

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Markus Fourmont, head of load-bearing structure design, is a member of Inros Lackner’s BIM working group. He actively supports the use of three-dimensional modelling in the company’s design processes.

“What issues have you been dealing with in the BIM working group, and how is BIM currently being used within the company?”

In our working group, we keep abreast with the latest developments and work on maximising the potential of BIM in managing and completing complex projects. The introduction of such a central databank into the design processes of a company like Inros Lackner, which works with interdisciplinary teams of architects and engineers in offering General Planner services, presents real challenges. One key requirement in addressing these challenges is an understanding of need-based processes and individual IT solutions.

“How far has the technology developed to date in presenting and processing the information at different interfaces between various parties?”

We recognise that the use of BIM, in our company and in those that we deal with, is not yet approaching the vision of what it could be. In practice, BIM is often limited to pure 3D design with collision checks. 3D design is currently being carried out by teams in different specialist fields using different programmes. The models developed by the various programmes are shared and used as a common basis. The teams from different specialist fields thus work on a single model, making collisions easily recognisable and preventable. Wasted effort is avoided. Then, for example, lists of materials and 2D drawings can be generated. Only a model that brings together information such as cost calculations, structure data and the work of various trades and specialties can really be termed BIM.

 We are currently working on bringing together the various ways of working, e.g. in relation to architecture, building services and structural design, and coordinating their individual models, so that an early exchange of data is possible.