Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a process for digitally representing a building or project. In the building design process, BIM allows the design team to visualize and explore the building design from the earliest stages of the project. The models from different trades can then be combined and checked for conflicts. These conflicts can be resolved before a shovel hits the ground, saving time and money during construction.
In its ideal form, a BIM model includes all the information one may need to know about a building. This could include everything from structural members and their locations to HVAC systems and maintenance requirements. Facility operation staff can use the BIM model to explore and understand the building systems and receive dynamic information about the building, such as sensor measurements or equipment signals. BIM can also be used in a “4D” fashion – planning out the construction sequences, project phases, etc. It is an incredibly powerful tool when fully utilized.
Brooks Ransom Associates is a fully BIM-capable structural engineering firm. Approximately 80% of our projects utilize the BIM process. We work closely with our clients to ensure tight coordination between our structural designs and the rest of the team. BIM has enabled us to document projects more accurately than ever before, and the result is a highly successful project.
Benefits of BIM
- Tight coordination among design trades saves time and money during construction
- 3D visualization of projects
- Accurate documentation
Notable BIM Projects:
- Lighthouse For Children
- Hoover High School - New Classroom Wing
- CCMC - Health and Education Center
- CCMC - Alder Medical Office Building
- Central Valley Indian Health Medical Office Building
- Sierra View District Hospital Clinical Lab
- Reedley High School - Aquatics Complex
- Clark Intermediate School - Building E
- Alpaugh Education Center
- Veterans Affairs: Mental Health