Why BIM?
How Data Exchange Impacts Projects

This is the second in a series of three articles that looks at the benefits of BIM.

The fragmented nature of project teams means that the ability to exchange information with other parties continues to be a major factor in the success of BIM. For a project to achieve its full potential, the project team members need to be able to share data seamlessly and quickly, ideally with real-time access to a shared cloud-based model (such as offered by Allplan Bimplus). Without this, collaboration becomes more difficult and more errors and inefficiencies enter the development process. While closedBIM still offers some value for specific areas and functions, the most effective way of working – the method of the future – is openBIM.

As BIM maturity increases, Level 3 BIM will become the accepted way of working, which will be supported by cross-platform, cross-manufacturer, cloud-based working via IFC formats. And as BIM becomes more widely adopted, its use will spread to other areas such as estimating, quantity surveying, CNC design and production, and facilities management, which are currently in the early stages of development and use. Hence, being able to exchange information with a range of different software packages is an essential requirement for any BIM implementation.


Overview of the contents:

    • Why BIM?
    • Exchangeability of data
    • Easy exchangeability
    • ClosedBIM retains its value
    • OpenBIM requires an open exchange of information
    • Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) Format

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