How Can I Use BIM for Renovation Projects?

  • May 15, 2015

Whether you are dealing with a renovation or a new development project, the BIM process is very similar. For a renovation project there is one more layer of complexity that is added on top of the “standard” BIM workflow – the built environment.

Think of it this way: If for a new project you are given a brand new canvas to express your creativity, for a renovation project you are handed a Rembrandt painting that you have to turn it into a Da Vinci masterpiece. Understanding the constraints that you have to deal with is critical for the success of your project.

Two steps needed to be taken in order to define your project constraints:

  • Geospatially locating all the building components in the built environment, and
  • Comprehending the previous designer’s intent in order to make the best decision of how deconstruct, relocate, or design around what is existing.

The most beneficial way of complementing the BIM workflow is by taking the as-built information and developing a set of 3D models that will be the starting point for schematic design.

For more information on this, or other ways the BIM process can be implemented on your next project, please contact us.