Building information modeling
In today’s evolving construction industry, we turn data into value! The method that enables this is called Building Information Modeling, or simply BIM. But what is BIM actually? It is a revolutionary, forward-looking digital planning and working method that integrates the work of all stakeholders involved. With BIM, a building is built twice – first virtually and then physically. The physical construction process begins only after the virtual building meets all expectations and specifications, saving time and costs while improving quality. Naturally, changes are easier to make in the virtual model than in the real physical building. This value creation extends beyond the planning and construction phases. The consistent use of a common BIM database also has a measurable positive effect on the long-term and cost-intensive operation phase. In other words, BIM enables significant productivity gains in all phases of a building project. Ingenuity with data creates perfect places The future of the construction industry is digital and Siemens is successfully driving the digitalization of buildings forward. With our holistic approach and extensive experience supported by our state-of-the-art technologies, we create the perfect place for all stakeholders. This is how we ensure that the stakeholders achieve their individual business goals.
White paper: Digital twin
This white paper, written by Siemens Building Technologies in association with Dodge Data & Analytics, BSRIA and M+P GmbH lays out a unique perspective on the role BIM can play now and in the future.
BIM is changing the way we build, collaborate and operateAs with every other aspect of our lives, digitalization is transforming the entire building lifecycle. This transformation presents far-reaching opportunities. While BIM clearly allows us to plan and construct buildings with greater insight, it also creates significant benefits that are realized during the operation phase. All of this will improve profitability over the entire building lifecycle and generate measurable advantages for investors, planners, contractors, tenants and operators.
Creating and operating perfect places with BIMThe increasing complexity of construction projects makes coordination with current tools and workflows more difficult. Consequently, unbudgeted costs, unreliable schedules and insufficient quality cause challenges for everyone involved. BIM is the answer to these challenges, which cannot be mastered with traditional methods. Its holistic approach and parallel planning capabilities lead to concerted construction and smooth operation, making it valuable to all stakeholders. The use of a virtual twin over the entire lifecycle of the building turns the maxim “built and operated as planned” into a sustainable promise.
BIM objects enable the accurate planning and analysis of the digital design. Beyond that, they provide the static data that forms the basis for operational efficiency. All stakeholders benefit to varying degrees from our extensive range of BIM-data-enriched objects, which contain essential information like interdependency, interactions, geometry, classes and attributes relations.
Addressing customer-specific challengesIn order to plan, build and operate the ideal indoor environment, ever more demanding and sophisticated tools are being used. The consensus is that BIM methods provide the best overall management capabilities. Siemens is a pioneer in enabling the digitalization of the manufacturing industry, also referred to as Industry 4.0. We bring this experience and know-how to our work with BIM, the digitalization of the building industry. This makes Siemens Building Technologies best positioned to be a trusted BIM partner.
Integration of static and dynamic data
The BIM data model allows integration of the static data collected within the virtual twin and the dynamic data provided by the building management system (e.g., Desigo CC). This integration makes it possible to operate a building optimally. Our core competence – the creation and collection of valuable static and dynamic data – enables a solid foundation and unique operating experience. Our building management expertise makes us ideally positioned to integrate static and dynamic data.
The building’s virtual twin allows simulation of emergency situations so that effective evacuation plans that meet regulatory requirements can be developed.
The virtual model also provides the ability to simulate all aspects of the building, such as security, building comfort and energy efficiency, during all phases of the building’s lifecycle. The health and well-being of building users depend on these factors. By increasing transparency, risk can be minimized for investors, owners and operators.
It is not an exaggeration to say that office space is part of the team. Optimal space utilization goes hand in hand with higher building attractiveness for tenants. Furthermore, overall flexibility is a key requirement for buildings since their uses will change over time. These utilization factors lead to enhanced corporate value for owners and investors.