BIM is a model-based process of design and documentation. Traditional 2D and 3D computer aided drafting document a design concept, typically after its establishment. BIM offers new ways for integrated design teams to work together much earlier in the design process with virtual 3-dimensional representations of a site, building, and internal systems. This early collaboration now allows greater understanding and information sharing between disciplines during the schematic design process. SLIDE 1 of 3

As a design develops the BIM process enhances client communications and input by providing visualizations of buildings and spaces as they develop. Design concepts are more easily shared and understood through such virtual tours, as are proposed changes or alternates. As the design moves from conceptual studies into preconstruction the design team and contractor are able to "build" the project in the virtual space.SLIDE 2 of 3

Early visualization and detailed coordination provided by the BIM process improve accuracy and efficiency through the elimination of potential conflicts, reduced field changes, and predictable outcomes.SLIDE 3 of 3

3D representation of a room 3D image of wall, ceiling and floor interiors Finished room
Health Care Environments
office interior front door to office large reception, sitting area
Federal Design
building facade warehouse interior courtyard