BIM Theory

Simple BIM Exchange Recipe

Following this fairly simple recipe we can make sure that the BIM exchange produces the expected value for all involved parties. Everybody understand, in advance, the requirements and have the motivation to carry out the exchange professionally. Please note, that in this case BIM stands for building information model and… Read more »

Optimizing single object IFC models

A ‘single object IFC model’ is an IFC model containing only one object. Product manufacturers increasingly publish their products in IFC format with the intention that designers use these objects as part of their designs. This post is about optimizing these single object IFC models, i.e. how to reach the… Read more »

Copy-Editing IFC Models

Copy-editing is an established term in the publishing industry. Let’s see how the same concept applies to IFC models. “Copy-editing is the work that an editor does to improve the formatting, style, and accuracy of text. Unlike general editing, copy editing might not involve changing the content of the text.”… Read more »

What is BIM quality?

By simply separating model quality and design quality we get a much clearer understanding of what BIM quality really is. If we can have a bad model of a good design and a good model of a bad design, then model and design quality cannot logically be the same thing…. Read more »

Best possible IFC – Part3

How can we create a best possible IFC? Even though you agree with our reasoning so far (what and why), you may be skeptical if you have ever tried IFC exchange in a real project. Current BIM authoring applications are not exactly designed for producing best possible IFC and applications… Read more »

Best possible IFC – Part2

Why should we should strive towards the best possible IFC? There is fairly universal agreement that we must change our processes in order to get the full benefits of BIM. This is of course easier said than done. Even when we understand and agree on the definition of a best… Read more »

Best possible IFC – Part1

What is a best possible IFC – what are its characteristics? You will often hear arguments in favor of always having all up-to-date data, from all stakeholders at all stages of the lifecycle of a property. But what about the opposite approach? Let’s start by thinking about a single, well… Read more »