A BIM blog (with a little CAD too)
Updated: Oct 30, 2020
It's hard to imagine that 10-15 years ago, BIM was a new technology that not every architectural, engineering and contracting firm was using. In 2008, a survey from the Structural Engineering Institute showed only 30% of respondents were using BIM. That number is now closer to 100% for larger firms and 70% for mid-size firms.
As a manufacturer, it is important that we stay connected to architects and contractors and provide information about our products. That is why our BIM product details are being hosted by BIMobject, a site that links the complex technology around CAD and BIM with architects and the building product manufacturing industry.
What's the difference?
CAD, or computer-aided design, simply means that design and documentation happened with a computer system. CAD is synonymous with drafting programs, where CAD files are created and designers then create individual CAD components that fit with a larger assembly. CAD generates 2D and 3D models, and it has transformed design and manufacturing processes for about 30 years.
BIM stands for building information modeling. It is the process of making 3D models that are created, managed and shared with the entire construction team for the duration of a project—from planning through construction into maintenance. BIM, which technically is a CAD program, was a game-changer for making accurate 3D models and for its sharing capabilities. It brought everyone to the table with the same files and databases. BIM is mandated in some regions because of the data it collects about each building. It makes code adherence and maintenance a breeze. Its data also is becoming the foundation of advancements that need to be made in certain municipalities to ensure all buildings are constructed to the same level of quality.
What's the main difference? Essentially with CAD, the focus is on creating drawings. With BIM, the focus is on creating a building model from which drawings can be generated.
BIM is a global tool, used in firms of all sizes. While it is still a relatively new system, it has become the standard for designing buildings, and we need to be on target with that standard. If you have any questions about our BIM specifications or need other information, please let us know!