The BIM Guides from ALLPLAN

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All BIM Guides at a glance

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is on the rise. In recent years, this working method has become compulsory for public construction projects in many European countries. It is also increasingly required by private clients.

Despite the commitment of companies and associations like buildingSMART e.V. to increase the awareness and understanding of BIM, it still poses a challenge for many potential users.

In collaboration with many BIM experts, ALLPLAN has created a comprehensive set of resources that provide an overview of the topic. Together, they answer the typical questions associated with this working method. How is BIM-based work performed? What does BIM mean in the company and in the project? What processes need to be defined?


1. BIM Management Guide

The BIM Management Guide is the BIM guide for decision-makers in the construction industry. It provides clear and concise answers to the most important questions about the application and introduction of the BIM working method.

Contents:

  • Reasons for the introduction of BIM
  • Rules and approaches to introducing BIM
  • BIM-based cooperation across different disciplines
  • Importance of BIM in the company and in the project
  • Support from ALLPLAN for BIM projects

2. BIM Office Implementation Guide

The BIM Office Implementation Guide shows how to make the transition to BIM and how this has added value for companies.

Contents:

  • The added value of implementing BIM
  • Processes and thinking
  • Gradual introduction of BIM
  • Framework conditions for BIM
  • Checklists
  • Support from ALLPLAN for BIM projects

3. BIM User Guide

The BIM User Guide explains the BIM working method to users. Basic prerequisites and key aspects of the BIM philosophy are shown and explained.

Contents:

  • Organization of a BIM project
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • The importance of CAD software in BIM-based work
  • Open BIM versus Closed BIM
  • Support from ALLPLAN for BIM projects

4. BIM Project Guide

The BIM Project Guide deals in detail with the implementation and optimum use of the BIM working method within a project.

Contents:

  • Gradual project development with BIM
  • Goals and uses of BIM within a project
  • Adapting the BIM working method to the project size (Little BIM, Big BIM)
  • Framework parameters and the project execution plan
  • Project data exchange, data quality, and data control
  • Collaboration, role assignment, and responsibilities

5. BIM Communication Guide

The BIM Communication Guide makes it clear why a functioning communication is decisive for the success and failure of the concrete implementation within a project.

Contents:

  • The coordination model
  • Common data format
  • Communicating with each other
  • IFC grammar + IFC vocabulary
  • BCF grammar + BCF vocabulary
  • Collaboration workflow

6. BIM Glossary

On the following pages of the BIM Glossary you will find the most important expressions about BIM in their respective translations and content statements, in order to bring a little more transparency into the complex topic.

Contents:

  • General terms
  • BIM-specific terms
  • Data formats
  • IFC-specific terms
  • BIM dimension
  • BIM detail depth

7. BIM Compendium: Theory and Practice

The BIM Compendium is designed as a reference for ALLPLAN software users. It addresses the common questions that are raised when modeling in 3D. In addition, there are tips for cooperating with project partners.

Contents:

  • The 3D building model in Allplan
  • Working with the building structure
  • Elements and attributes for unfinished structures, expansions, and rooms
  • Attributes of the hierarchic levels
  • Data import and export
  • Data exchange with IFC

Additional BIM resources by ALLPLAN

Whitepaper: OpenBIM as the future standard for digital data exchange (NEW)

The complexity and requirements of planning and construction are constantly increasing. In addition, new norms and standards as well as demanding clients who are sensitive to costs are increasingly confronting architects and specialist planners with the challenge of keeping their planning services and expenses transparent. This requires the planner to maintain an overview at all times - regardless of the project phase of the construction project. This can succeed if the architect, specialist planner and building contractor work out a close-meshed project plan and their communication in the project runs as smoothly as possible.

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Whitepaper: 30-35 percent increased design productivity using 3D modeling in engineering offices

Since the mid-eighties, the tools for computer-aided design have developed rapidly. But in many engineering and drawing offices, planning methods have not kept pace with development. All too often the CAD software is still used like a digital drawing board, the 2D working method predominates. Read our whitepaper to find out why there is no way around 3D work for engineers and how smaller offices in particular can sustainably increase their productivity by switching from 2D to 3D.

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Whitepaper: 10 reasons why IFC is the central key to successful BIM planning

For a smooth BIM process, a neutral data format was developed, the IFC format. In the following ten chapters you can read about the powerful tools this provides planners with and how Stücheli Architekten from Switzerland efficiently handles BIM projects with the help of IFC data exchange.

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Whitepaper: 5 good reasons why architects should plan in 3D

Architects must face the technical challenges of their time and the growing demands of their clients in order to remain competitive. Short construction times and the increasing networking of all parties involved require rapid action. The constant availability of information has established itself as a standard today. This also applies to the construction industry.

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Whitepaper: Practical advice for successful management of BIM data

The exchange of data and the management of a multitude of different interfaces is a major challenge in interdisciplinary cooperation. This applies not only to the planning and execution phase of a building, but also to commissioning and building management. Within the framework of the increasingly demanded use of the planning method BIM (Building Information Modeling), the architect plays a central role in the coordination of the interdisciplinary BIM model and the associated data management. His building model forms the basis for further planning processes. This white paper deals with the problems and solutions arising from this task and provides valuable practical tips for the successful use of BIM models.

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Whitepaper: Rules for successful Integrated Planning as part of BIM

Digital planning, which already finds its way into architecture and planning offices, general contractors or prefabrication companies, wall robots and GPS-supported excavators on the construction site, is characterized by Building Information Modeling (BIM). However, BIM only becomes truly efficient and economical when it is coupled with the integrated way of working.

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Whitepaper: Building Information Modeling - 10 reasons why you need BIM

More and more building owners rely on BIM. The digital planning method enables interdisciplinary communication, competitive advantages over other companies as well as planning and cost security. A switch to BIM, however, must be well thought out. In our whitepaper we explain to you what is behind Building Information Modeling, how it works, which advantages it brings and how you can efficiently integrate the planning method into your company.

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Whitepaper: BIM Integration Framework - Making BIM work better with processes, data and tools

In this whitepaper the basic concept of the CDE shall be introduced first. Then a software solution will be presented which enables the connection of different BIM-enabled software products to such a data platform for participants of different disciplines: the BIM Integration Framework.

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