We see BIM as tool for every day use, but BIM is commonly just associated with cool 3D models. And these models are of course very important, but BIM has a much greater significance for us. BIM is a special work methodology, based on collaboration and sharing data. This means there is a capacity to lift the project to a higher level and markedly improve the quality.
BIM has an incredibly broad application, from developing your first concept to managing the maintenance activities. And because BIM has so many uses, it must be deployed at an early stage. Klous + Brandjes BouwAdvies advocates the use of analog BIM at the start of a project, so the knowledge and skills of the parties involved can be included in the engineering. During engineering, BIM offers the opportunity for intensive collaboration with different disciplines and optimal consistent work drawings and/or production drawings.
WHAT IS THE ADDED VALUE OF THE BIM PROCESS
At Klous + Brandjes BouwAdvies we offer BIM support in several different areas. We as a BIM office provide protocols and structures and organize a ‘sharing environment’. A BIM platform with a well-organized document management, a central location where all files can be shared.
Not all participants in a project are equally competent in the digital world of BIM. This is why Klous + Brandjes BIM Academy offers courses.
Read more about ‘BIM Academy’.
ZERO 2D POLICY
At Klous + Brandjes we have a zero 2D policy, which means we do not do separate 2D processing. Everything that is needed for a project is modeled in 3D. This means that you can see all the details you want, because everything is present in 3D. 2D additions are made when desired, but these then always have some relation to a 3D element, like for instance the foils.
VISION FOR THE FUTURE
BIM is here to stay, certainly for the next couple of years. But in all probability it will grow even further. Even technology like BIM is ready for innovation after a certain period. This next step is only possible if we stop holding on so tightly to traditional building principles. BIM makes it possible to engineer a perfect virtual building in 3D, including the different disciplines. At the time this information has to be transferred to the build, we will make a 2D output. Making and especially drawing up 2D output takes a lot of time. Why would we want this “pretty” 2D output when we can have a perfect 3D model? We are working towards a method without 2D output!
Each party needs a different BIM rendering. A client for instance has no need for a set of drawings with measurements, they need to really experience the building! Virtual Reality (VR) gives you the chance to truly show the client what the end result will be like. We already use it at Klous + Brandjes, but wouldn’t it be an innovation if we could virtually complete the building with VR.
We are also looking for a working method that is aimed at the 3D model as much as possible. 3D CONTRACTING is one of the keys to help us achieve this. The specifications integrated into the model, and the application for a building permit based on 3D models. Small steps have already been taken, but we would like to see even more progress. It will happen, but when?
Techcnical- and Facility support
Besides the BIM SUPPORT Klous + Brandjes has more to offer concerning BIM CONSULTANCY and management. Klous + Brandjes are experienced at coordinating a BIM process; the workflow can be set up by means of an EXTERNAL BIM MANAGER. What is expected of the BIM and the workflow will be recorded in a collaboration protocol, and the structure will be set up. TECHNICAL MODELING is required for participation in a BIM process. It will be used for the TECHNICAL DETAILING of a project. On the basis of this 3D modeling, the TECHNICAL DRAWINGS are generated.
It is possible to create quality 2D drawings directly from the 3D model. Unfortunately we have noticed that this does not always happen. By letting us perform a MODEL CHECK based on consistency, we can give you a clearer picture of the quality. Our company’s focus lies with assistance, so we will not just tear the model to shreds at the model check, but give constructive MODELING ADVICE in a coaching manner. All aimed at stimulating the use of BIM in the Netherlands. Even in projects where we handle the BIM support, we could help the parties by hosting WORKSHOPS. During these workshops we can teach everybody who wants to participate about the software, so they can have their input in the BIM process. This leads to better matching products and consequently to better collaboration. Besides processing new builds, we are also able to use 3D SCANNING to implement existing buildings in BIM. We then incorporate this so-called point cloud in a 3D model to exactly replicate the actual situation.