What is BIM and why is it for mechanical design services ?


The methodology of the BIM , an acronym for Building Information Modeling is a process of creation and management of data and information of a building or infrastructure lifecycle. The use of dynamic modeling software allows not only 3D representation of assets based on elements with associated metadata, but also modeling of work planning (4D), measurement and cost management (5D), all with the ultimate goal of identification, to analyze and manage risks more effectively in virtual environment.

This new way of working has become part of the integrated construction project management business strategy, as it did when Agile was derived from a programming environment. While CAD modeling programs ( https://www.autodesk.com/solutions/bim ) simulated traditional blueprints, BIM simulates real-life construction and maintenance processes. Hence the revolution and derivative innovation.


Benefits of Building Information Modeling


This way of working allows the designer, constructor and operator of the infrastructure to exchange information throughout the life cycle of the project, offering the ability to change it as variations or changes appear. Thus, everything is connected, the traceability of each element is increased and duplication of information contained in different sources is eliminated.


How do we use BIM in our projects?


In 2008, we adopted the BIM methodology as a strategic element, not just a 3D model generator. From the very beginning, the goal was to extract value from data from different sources and store it in a structured way.

During the construction phase, BIM helped mechanical design services coordinate engineering design - identifying and eliminating any type of interference - and integrating it with subcontracted parts, monitoring planning, obtaining and benchmarking measurements, optimizing work logistics, analyzing and modeling health and safety measures to be implemented, as well as environmental aspects (noise generation, visual impact, etc.), monitoring temporary jobs, as well as improving the quality of the final documentation provided to customers with the inclusion of a "digital twin" to facilitate subsequent maintenance tasks and maintenance.

While the use of BIM is mandatory in some of the countries where we operate - as has been the case in the UK since 2016 for government projects - we have encouraged the use and implementation of this collaborative environment in our work, even when it was not a contractual requirement. but because we have defined it as a tool to improve the efficiency of certain work processes. This allowed us to learn how to manage the cultural changes needed to make BIM the working base on which the rest of the operations will be built.

The implementation of this work methodology affects not only the technical areas of the company. For its effective use to become a reality, the participation and knowledge of all departments of the organization (human, legal, financial, etc.) is necessary , therefore we have developed and implemented an ambitious continuous learning program for all of our employees. And we demand the necessary skills to work with this methodology from new candidates. After all, BIM is a way of working not only for the future, but also for the present .

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