BIM – Building Information Modeling

DATAgility participated in several initiatives concerning BIM – Building Information Modeling. In September 2011, part of the buzz around the Electrical EBIZ forum was the relevancy of the topics and quality of sessions offered. “A Practical Guide to Data Syndication in the BIM Environment” session presented by Angela Baraks of DATAgility and Marty Brett of Wheatland Tube at the 2011 E-Biz Forum introduced attendees to principal concepts and key stakeholders in the Building Information Modeling (BIM) arena. Jim Lucy, Chief Editor of Electrical Wholesaling magazine, discusses in this recent article how BIM is crucial to sales because of its potential to distribute information that could influence whether your brand is chosen for construction projects. Contributing to the article were members of DATAgility’s organization because of their experience as industry provider of data synchronization and standardization solutions, as well as their recent project with NEMA to develop the guide for Manufacturers to build BIM templates for the electrical industry. These templates would allow manufacturers to have their product data published in a standardized format within the BIM application software systems. Attendees were given an overview of the process needed for data collection and an outline of how to successfully populate their product information within the BIM templates.

Key takeaways:

The Construction Industry Institute estimates there is up to 57% non-value-added effort and waste in current business models. Industries may waste up to $600 billion each year.
According to Carnegie Mellon University Research, an improvement of just 3.8% in productivity of building functions would totally pay for a facility’s design, construction, operations and sustainment through increased efficiency.
The BIM Template Toolkit contains guides, spreadsheets, and tutorials that manufacturers can reference when populating the BIM templates.
BIM applications focus on saving resources (dollars, time and materials) during each phase of the facility life cycle.
Increase product specification early in the process means increased sales opportunities for Manufacturers.
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