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Converting Manufacturing Drawings to BIM

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 @ 04:00 PM

Converting Manufacturing Drawings to BIM

What do you do when you need BIM models and all you have are paper manufacturing drawings, especially if you don’t have sophisticated in-house resources capable of performing the manufacturing drawing to BIM conversion, so the task becomes finding an outsource service capable of doing it for you.  If you have many paper manufacturing drawings needing to be converted into 3D CAD models, it will  take a company that can handle the job with the precision that the building industry you supply requires.. 

The process of converting paper manufacturing drawings starts with accurate scanning.   The 2D CAD drawings that will be produced from the scanning process needed to contain real lines, arcs, circles and text as text.   They must have the appropriate level of layers -- usually, at minimum; each drawing is produced with 3-7 layers (levels) and colors.  And, the 2D CAD drawings must be created in a file format that can accurately, easily and quickly be converted into 3D CAD models.  

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Topics: BIM

The Advantages and Uses of BIM for Manufacturing

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 @ 04:20 PM

The Advantages and Uses of BIM for Manufacturing

Just as architects and designers embraced Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the early part of the 21st century, nearly 20 years later, BIM for manufacturing has become equally important. At first glance, it may be difficult to see how BIM, typically used in the construction space, can apply to manufacturing. Indeed, it is the very ubiquity of BIM in construction that requires any company that manufactures products used in construction to use BIM.

For instance, any manufacturer of plumbing products, HVAC, electrical components, home appliances, light fixtures, doors, windows, railings, and other items used to build and design homes, office buildings, stadiums, and other architectural constructs, who is able to offer BIM-ready content will outshine the manufacturers who don’t have that ability.

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Topics: BIM

Advantages of Converting my AutoCAD drawings into a BIM model

Posted by Blog Tipster on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 @ 12:10 PM

Compared to a traditional construction process, BIM could benefit constructors in many ways by simplifying estimating tasks, by enhancing value engineering, identifying conflicts, facilitating communication between team members and scheduling tasks. It is also reducing change orders or RFIs. And these result in increased efficiencies, decreased waste that ultimately for contractors and their subs lead to greater profit.

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Topics: BIM

BIM Helps Small Construction Companies Compete

Posted by Diane Mitol on Thu, May 14, 2015 @ 05:23 PM

BIM Helps Small Construction Companies Compete

Large construction companies were early adapters of BIM.  They saw how BIM could improve profitability and push global competitiveness.  While small construction companies may have been aware of BIM advantages, often their limited cash flow and less far-reaching future planning left them out of the initial push to BIM.small and mid-sized construction companies have traditionally been at disadvantage when competing in the larger global market or against high-stakes players.   This is where a well-organized BIM service company can provide small contractors with the same competitive advantages as larger companies, but without the need for purchasing the infrastructure (software, hardware and personnel) to support the newer technology.

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Topics: BIM Outsource Services, BIM

AutoCAD drawings into BIM models

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 @ 04:40 PM

By converting AutoCAD (Computer Aided Drafting) drawings into BIM (Building Information Modelling) you bring the structures you design into a level of three-dimensional relief on the computer screen that CAD systems cannot match. In many cases, designers and engineers find it beneficial to convert preliminary CAD drawings into BIM models once plans advance.

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Topics: BIM

The Advantages and Uses of BIM

Posted by Diane Mitol on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 @ 05:51 PM

The Advantages and Uses of BIM

BIM has many advantages over traditional CAD design methods and represents a completely different approach to building design and documentation.  Since CAD essentially automates the traditional “paper & pencil” process, CAD drawings are created as stand-alone documents, and design changes need to be followed up and implemented manually on each CAD drawing.

BIM (Building Information Modeling) applications enable the buildings to be “built” in a virtual environment with all data stored in the central building model, enabling design changes to be automatically implemented on individual drawings generated from the model.  This ‘change once- update many” approach, makes BIM a boon to design and construction productivity, while also enabling better-coordinated designs.   

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Topics: BIM

Getting Started with BIM

Posted by Diane Mitol on Fri, May 09, 2014 @ 03:53 PM

Getting Started with BIM

BIM can transform the way your company does business.  The question is will the transformation be perceived as a positive or a negative one by your employees? 

It is no doubt that your pre-BIM organizational structure is rooted in CAD technology, and you would do well to remember the initial turmoil that CAD created in a pencil and paper drafting world.   Back in the 1970’s when CAD software started its migration out of research and into commercial use, many mechanical designers and drafters worried about job security in a computerized world.  Most CAD software programs at that point were 2D replacements for drafting.  Once the drafting technicians realized that they were not being replaced by computers, but that by becoming computer savvy, they were even more beneficial to their employees, the embraced CAD for its ability to reduce drawing errors, and increase reusability of drawings.

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Topics: BIM

How to Convert Engineering Drawings to 3D CAD/BIM

Posted by Diane Mitol on Thu, Oct 10, 2013 @ 02:21 PM

How to Convert Engineering Drawings to 3D CAD/BIM

What do you do when you need 3D CAD/BIM models and all you have are paper engineering drawings?  We know one company who had just such a dilemma.  With over 150,000 engineering drawings of various types of parts used in plumbing, building, engineering, manufacturing, they wanted to create an online catalog resource for the industry.  However, the online catalog needed to feature pictures of the parts, not engineering drawings.   It was determined that the most efficient way to get pictures was by converting the drawings into 3D CAD/BIM models that could be displayed online.

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Topics: BIM, 3d CAD, Convert to 3D CAD

Diverse Uses for BIM

Posted by Diane Mitol on Thu, Jun 14, 2012 @ 03:53 PM

Diverse Uses for BIM

One of the benefits of using BIM is improved communication and collaboration between extended design teams. This is true whether BIM is being used to design health care facilities, schools, or energy efficient office buildings.  The suitability of BIM across various industries has been proven.

BIM can be used to detect design problems early in the process, preventing costly mistakes further into the building project.  It helps in displaying exhaustive lists of operational and conceptual ingredients that are involved in the setting and functioning of complex industrial settings.   

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Topics: BIM Conversion, BIM, 3D Design

BIM Modeling – 4 Tips for Getting Started

Posted by Diane Mitol on Mon, Dec 05, 2011 @ 03:40 PM

BIM Modeling – 4 Tips for Getting Started

What is BIM?

BIM (Building Information Modeling) is a software tool used by the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry that allows users to create sophisticated, intelligent models.  Because BIM operates on a digital database, a change made in one view is reflected throughout the entire drawing automatically.  BIM enables up-to-date and reliable information of the project design scope, cost information, and schedules; it can help lower costs, and improve delivery times on projects. BIM covers geometry, spatial relationships, geographic information, quantities and properties of building components (for example manufacturers' details).

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Topics: BIM, Building Information Modeling, BIM Services

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