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What's happening in BIM - Building Integration Managment?

Autodesk’s BIM software, Revit, and SolidWorks compete in the manufacturing industry to meld green building information

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What will be the impact of melding the BIM and automated manufacturing?

Ed Goldberg AIS, NCARB reported on several architectural and building innovations in his recent newsletter, "Ed's Independent Voice". BIM software is developing rapidly and turning construction into more of a manufacturing process than the traditional handcrafted construction process.

Ed predicts that, "As the importance of digital prototyping takes hold in the AEC industry, more materials will arrive to the jobsite as kits--cut, and packaged for assembly in the field. No longer will boxes of screws be moved from jobsite to jobsite; the exact amount needed for the job will come with the studs. The repetition of this scenario for other building components may have a significant impact on costs and make the construction industry more efficient. CNC cutting of materials to correct assembly length will eliminate waste on the jobsite and lower labor costs during erection in the field."

Inventor and SolidWorks -- solid modeler programs

Autodesk Inventor and SolidWorks are mechanical engineering or solid modeler programs used for digital prototyping--generally in the manufacturing industry-- and are capable of manipulating large component datasets. Often, users of this genre of software solution utilize CNC machine tools for computerized fabrication.

For some time now, the manufacturing industry has been using software / CNC machine solutions to increase productivity. The same concept can be integrated into the AEC industry by utilizing these solutions.

Autodesk’s BIM software, Revit, operates in a similar manner to its Inventor product; both are parametric modeling systems. This affinity is not surprising since Revit was developed by programmers who had previously worked on a digital prototyping software line for another company. They applied the concepts used in that industry to architecture and construction. The methodology of the programs is very similar. Revit has been developed to put building components together; Inventor has been developed to put assemblies together. Autodesk has demonstrated the integration of these two solutions through their DWG file format, and their NavisWorks product.

Both Autodesk Inventor and SolidWorks compete in the manufacturing industry, but only Autodesk has both a parametric BIM product and a parametric manufacturing product.

Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
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