Suppliers of components like stairs and doors are often involved in a construction project only at a very late stage. This means that their specialist knowledge on product standards often comes too late to the construction process. Errors resulting from failure to comply with such standards will often have to be rectified, and repairing the damage involves loss of time, higher costs and other unwanted effects on the construction process.
Another common error is that it is discovered much too late in the process that the architect’s design does not comply with the energy efficiency requirements, requiring modifications to the design. The architect can avoid this by implementing automated energy simulations in the preliminary design with a BIM Bot.
BIM stands for Building Information Modelling. To put it simply, a BIM is a rich collection of data on a building that can be deployed in various phases of the construction process, including design, construction and management. A BIM Bot is an intelligent, online system that autonomously carries out operations such as calculations, simulations and analyses based on BIM data. All these operations are designed to provide the user with optimum support during the construction process. Watch these videos for a more detailed explanation.
The user – in this case an engineer – subscribes to a BIM Bot online. He connects his own system to the BIM Bot but activates the Bot only when needed by setting up triggers. Such a trigger could be the relocation of a structural element, a changed surface area or an updated draft of a drawing. Any time something happens during the construction process to activate one of the triggers, the engineer’s system will send data to the supplier’s BIM Bot. The Bot will then autonomously take action based on the data.
Would you like to receive more information or experience working with a BIM Bot? TNO is happy to provide you with assistance, free of charge. Please contact Andrew Koster.