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What is BIM? Why an architect should know about this?

BIM (Building Information Modeling) is a methodology that allows architects to create digital design simulations to manage all the information associated with an architectural project.

While CAD creates 2- or 3-dimensional drawings that don't distinguish between their elements, BIM incorporates 4-D (time) and 5-D (costs). This allows users to manage information intelligently throughout the life cycle of a project, automating processes such as programming, conceptual design, detailed design, analysis, documentation, manufacturing, construction logistics, operation and maintenance, renovation, and/or demolition.


The benefits of BIM are through connecting teams, workflows, and data across the entire project lifecycle—from design and engineering to construction and operations—to realize better ways of working and better outcomes.

What is BIM used for?

BIM is used for creating and managing data during the design, construction, and operations process. BIM integrates multi-disciplinary data to create detailed digital representations that are managed in an open cloud platform for real-time collaboration. Using BIM gives you greater visibility, better decision-making, more sustainable options, and cost savings on AEC projects.

What is the process of BIM?

The process of BIM supports the creation of intelligent data that can be used throughout the lifecycle of a building or infrastructure project.

The PM's point of view:

"If I had to summarize, in a few words, the importance of the use of BIM in the world of construction, I would do so under 3 reasons". Romina Soja, Project Manager, and Pollen Studio Leader.

  • Collaborative work: maintaining a collaborative workflow between the parties involved is a fundamental part of daily work. The simple fact of immediately accessing the information, and being updated in real-time about changes in the project, makes work times much more agile and the margin of error becomes almost nil.

  • Interaction with the client: the client is an important part of the project and decision-making, being able to show changes in real-time helps a lot to concretize ideas in less time. In addition, the software that works with this technology has a huge database with a lot of information about the project that can benefit both the professionals and the client.

  • Tracking buildings over time: Precisely because of what I mentioned before, the BIM methodology is basically a database file method, which helps you create schematics and ways of working and designing.

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