BIM Software: Best Ratings in 2019

Most of you are likely familiar with the term Building Information Modeling (BIM), if not the use of it in your projects. BIM is, like commissioning, a process. Whereas all BIM processes are based on software that acquires data, the Cx process is based on training, experience and perception that touches documentation, people, and equipment.

The best project scenarios design, build, deliver and operate fully functioning – and continually optimized, in the case of ongoing commissioning (OCx) – building systems. While BIM is not commissioning, nor the reverse, they complement each other by beginning with the end in mind.

In new construction, BIM usually begins at the design phase, collecting and documenting design strategies and systems information. As a result, Cx providers (CxPs) can more easily engage with the entire team early in the project to identify potential integrated systems design and operational concerns. The value of avoided costs due to early review of design intent and owners’ project requirements, can be significant.

Over the course of delivering a project from design through occupancy, the incremental modeling process collects data aggregated in a structured way that is available to the entire project team in one resource.

By being able to collaborate using identical information across the complicated process of delivering the owner’s intent, project teams are able to “connect the dots” using BIM software to keep track of all the equipment, systems and results of Cx testing and validation.

BIM helps CxPs and project team members to form a holistic approach to identify issues in a comprehensive way.

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