BIM - Building Information Modeling

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the process of developing a 3D digital representation of a physical asset. BIM software enables coordination and integration of multiple disciplines through the design, simulation and manufacturing/construction process.  BIM enables architects, engineers, contractors, owners, operators, et al to collaborate and share data throughout the entire building project lifecycle.
Photorealistic rendering of a building designed in NX.

Example of building designed in NX.

AEC – Architecture, Engineering and Construction

AEC is a fast-growing market that includes construction of residential, commercial and industrial projects. Architects, engineers, construction professionals and owner/operators collaborate throughout the entire design, build and construction process.

BIM Digital Twin

Digital Twin is the loop back mechanism to enable requirements to be embedded into future project plans. Digital twin software enables asset lifecycles to be simulated virtually.
  • Design and simulate the project build utilizing a common data environment to manage configuration and change

  • Virtually design, simulate and construct how projects will be built

  • Simulate the real-world production environment; real world data can be leveraged to validate procedures like predictive maintenance and other key operational metrics.

Benefits of an integrated BIM design tool

A multi-discipline BIM software tool for design, analysis and manufacturing/construction reduces integration errors and time spent updating data between applications. In the AEC/BIM software market, owner/operators and general contractors are frustrated designing projects with disparate design tools. It is common to have one design tool for steel structures, one for BIM, one for electrical, other one for plumbing, another for HVAC, etc. Manually managing data from various tools is inefficient and error prone resulting in expensive onsite construction issues and delays.

Benefits of AEC Design Collaboration

Poor collaboration results in unpredictable design change processes, making it challenging to understand and manage the impact of a proposed change. BIM design reviews are much easier when working in a collaborative, common design environment. Each designer is working with live data, so when designs evolve and changes occur, everyone sees these changes real time and can adapt immediately (instead of waiting weeks to integrate all the data again for formal design reviews).

Construction company uses 3D CAD/CAM and PLM to improve communication and drive construction

Max Bogl, one of Germany’s largest construction companies, optimizes project planning and manufacturing using NX and Teamcenter.