The basics of BIM

Introduction to BIM for infrastructures

Introduction to BIM for infrastructures

The basics of BIM

Introduction to BIM for infrastructures

Working in BIM means operating in digitized collaborative environments, where information is generated, managed and shared according to defined rules, in order to be easily available and usable by anyone who needs it.

A change of paradigm

The three things needed to start working in BIM

BIM is a process innovation that affects every single subject and structure involved in the construction industry, with no exceptions.
Working in BIM means being an active part of a process of creating value for all parties involved.
BIM is the collaborative management of electronically exchangeable and useable information content.
Working in BIM requires three things: a BIM Execution Plan (BEP), a coordinating manager and a software platform that manages both information modeling and coordination activities.
If you do not have all three of these elements, then you are not working in BIM.
Managing a virtual model without having an BIM Execution Plan or without coordination with other disciplines is not working in BIM but only creating information models.

BIM for infrastructure

A platform for modeling, sharing, and checking

The BIM used for infrastructure (roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, ports, railways, subways, hydraulic projects, land surveying work) presents very different characteristics from the BIM used for buildings, differences that must be resolved with special tools and solutions.
Amongst the critical issues in the BIM for infrastructure are included the management of very extended models, the presence of information not related to graphic objects, design for axes, profiles and sections, modeling used mainly for extruded surfaces, and the management of large dimensions files.
SierraSoft products based on the M3 Framework platform (SierraSoft Hydro, SierraSoft Roads, SierraSoft Rails, SierraSoft Land, etc.) thanks to their functionalities meet the specific needs of the BIM for infrastructures.
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The Fundamentals

The three elements needed to work in BIM

To work in BIM, it is necessary to manage the three elements that form the basis for BIM and that make it work:
  • Information modeling:

    BIM is the structuring of information.
    Information is the most important part of BIM, and must be managed according to the rules defined in the BIM Execution Plan.
    Information modeling determines the structure, the life cycle and the accessibility requirements of the information.
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  • Information exchange:

    BIM is the sharing of information.
    Information contained in the information models should be able to be exchanged and used between different software and stakeholders.
    Interoperability measures the ability of software to exchange and use shared information.
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  • Information analysis and verification:

    BIM is the coordination and control of information.
    The information models must be able to be analyzed and verified both individually and aggregately to verify and validate both interference and inconsistencies.
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Three professionals for working in BIM

People are the key to a BIM that works; they require specific BIM expertise for design, information modeling, coordination and management of BIM projects.
The professionals identified as essential are:

BIM Modeling and Coordination

SierraSoft M3 Framework is the platform for BIM

BIM is a digitization process and it requires the use of software to carry it out
Tools are needed for information modeling, model sharing, model analysis and verification.
Information models must be consistent with defined procedures, rules and workflows.
The M3 Framework software platform has three extensions specifically designed for BIM:
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The BIM certification

Become a BIM Certified Professional

BIM requires specific, competent and certified professionals.
SierraSoft's training offer includes courses to help you acquire the skills you need to work in BIM and to prepare you for the exams to obtain professional certification as a BIM Expert.
The certification as a BIM Expert is issued by ICMQ in compliance with the UNI 11337 regulation (Digital management of the informative processes) and with the UNI CEI EN ISO/IEC 17024 regulation (General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons).
SierraSoft is an ICMQ assessment Body for the certification of professionals such as BIM Specialist for SierraSoft Roads. SierraSoft, as an ICMQ Assessment Body, in addition to managing training, organizes and manages exam sessions for obtaining the BIM Specialist certification.
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