Understanding BIM for Architecture

BIM stands for Building Information Model and is used frequently in architecture. This software makes it possible to know what the building will look like even before it is built.  This helps to reduce errors, to eliminate any possible waste and to help use money economically. BIM makes it possible to collaborate with all of the team members to show what is beneficial and what may not work in a building.  

This is the software to use to determine how the building will function and physically look. This software is commonly used to design projects at very early stages, visualize real world, cost, performance and appearance, and to document everything accurately.


This software is needed to determine the different components of a building and quantities of materials and resources needed. It provides precise information about how to construct the building, something that is missing in modeling software that was not designed for architecture. With BIM, it is possible to see both the interior and exterior of the building, a 3d model and information on the costs of the project. All of these benefits make this program very advantageous for construction and architecture businesses.


The sophisticated technology in BIM takes spatial relationships, building geometry, lighting analysis, building properties and geographic information into account. Unlike plain modeling software BIM encompasses the entire lifespan of the building. Before BIM, most architects used computer aided drafting which used vector files. The technology available in BIM far out passes what was previously available and involves much more data sharing between the different components.


Besides creating buildings, BIM can help to create sustainable designs. The sustainability of a building starts with its design. The software will analyze and help process the many functions needed for sustainable design. Buildings will affect the environment, green house emissions and more from the building itself and the waste from the construction. The design is different from a normal design, as the entire goal is to create a building that is environmentally responsible (as well as a healthy place to work). New standards for a sustainable design have been gaining force, and BIM greatly simplifies the process as more and more sustainable buildings are needed.

Structural Engineering

BIM will help engineers determine the outcome of the building before it has been started. Integrating the structural design with the concept can be done much earlier with BIM. The software can be linked to analysis applications to improve accuracy, as well as to reduce any coordination errors. Many errors occur because so many different teams work on the project. This software ensures that everyone has the most up to date information.

Success Factor

The transition from 2D to 3D will contain some key factors for success. Change can be slow, but soon the entire industry will be embracing BIM. This software has changed the entire design process, as BIM is used with architectural education programs. As with any transition, using a strategy for transitioning to this system in your company is very important for success with this system. Most users will suggest a phasing in of using the software. Those that are involved with transitions should be progressive and agile, just like the software.