As projects evolve, they become more and more complex and detailed. Also approaching deadlines might shift the focus from precise objects to getting the job done. Therefore, the use of BIM content enables architects, engineers, builders, and also manufacturers to save time and increase productivity in their various construction projects. With a view to optimizing them, we have prepared a few recommendations, just for you.

1. The importance of classifying your object typologies.

Once your BIM objects have been modeled, their classification system is very important as it allows you to categorize all of the content and swiftly filter it during searches.

2. 2D view in addition to 3D modelling?

In order to construct a building, 2D plans are used as a basis. This view is important in the creation of BIM objects, especially with the definition of the construction lines, which will allow you to know more regarding the various levels of detail.

However, nowadays software applications that enable the creation of these plans, such as AutoCAD, do now allow you to establish a link between these two plans. So, although the 2D view is important, we recommend the use of 3D modeling in order to optimize your BIM objects.

3. Are you familiar with the product data template?

The Product data template corresponds to the list of properties per category of objects. This is a model that enables the simpler generation of a set of information on the product, for a given object, within a given category. In other words, these templates provide a framework with which to model them. At present, there are still no standards when it comes to creating a 3D object. However, it is essential that you have a framework to which you can refer, and to ensure that models are drawn up in the same way so that there is no loss of information when switching between software applications. Therefore, we recommend the use of the product data template so that all players within the same project or company can base their work on this shared definition.

4. Go further, by defining property sets for each project phase

For more advanced users, it is also possible to define property sets for each project phase. The property set is what enables the definition of the context of a BIM object (its name, where it is located, its zone, its dimensions). Moreover, to know more property sets and you will learn how to filter the data embedded in each BIM object in your library based on the general profile of the user who will be using the data (i.e. engineer, designer, architect, etc).

5. Adopting a shared language with the naming convention.

Creating a naming convention means assigning a coherent and easily recognizable name to a BIM object, in order that it can be more easily identified during your projects.

Without the naming convention, the existing denominations of BIM objects vary depending on the user but also depending on their language. This also requires time-consuming manual work and can result in more errors. It is therefore important to name your objects in order to better organize yourself and save time when searching for a specific object.

Contact us at Home3ds to know more tips on optimizing your BIM coordination.