Lesson 1, Topic 1
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BIM for Design

Introduction and open discussion on what software is used in industry in relation to BIM.
An IFC file is a model file created in the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) format, which is an open file format used by Building Information Modeling (BIM) programs. It contains a model of a building or facility, including spatial elements, materials, and shapes.
The Design Review process includes systems and techniques to visualise and review Project Information Model.

This BIM Use includes further sub-activities such as technical design review and management visualization.
Visualization serves a critical function to ensure the design, construction and use of the project can be clearly reviewed for compliance with the standards and requirements set out by the Authority.

The outcome of the review shall be used as a collaboration tool, in the form of 3D models, simulations and visual renders. Additionally, the Contractor shall utilise BIM to review, examine and highlight safety and environmental risks.
Archicad is a professional BIM software solution complying with all digital-delivery requirements, offering an intuitive design environment, accurate building information management, open collaboration and automated documentation.

An improved Integrated Design workflow and enhanced collaboration between project stakeholders make Archicad an even stronger tool for uniting architects and engineers in a shared model.
AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition is Bentley’s premier multi-discipline building design application for enabling BIM processes for design, engineering analysis, document production, and visualization.

It provides integrated tools for architects, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineers.
‘Design Coordination’ describes the process of overlaying and coordinating the Project Information Model (PIM). The BIM coordination model enables users to view how elements of architectural, structural, civil and MEP engineering systems are coordinated in a 3D space.

The coordinated model is mainly used for carrying out clash detection.
A federated model is a combined Building Information Model that has been compiled by amalgamating several different models into one (or importing one model into another). 
Within a project, the designer and contractor are responsible for providing the systems required to coordinate models and conduct clash detection.

The governance of clash detection is defined within the BIM Execution Plan (BEP). The goal is to achieve a coordinated model feasible for construction before the start of any construction activity at the site.

Drawing Production is the activity of producing 2D drawing material to capture the design/construction intent, based on the available Project Information Model utilising defined templates.

Drawing production expects that all elements, as appropriate, will be developed in 3D within the Project Information Model, from which views can then be extracted and details added as appropriate.

When done correctly, changes are reflected automatically in the defined views, which can then be extracted as drawings.

‘Engineering Analysis’ covers a range of additional specialist sub-activities such as structural, hydraulic modelling, traffic etc.

The Project Information Model will be used as the basis for conducting analyses and analytics (e.g. structural load analysis, pressure models or traffic simulations) to support better decision making and to predict and optimise project cost, schedule, value engineering, sustainability and safety of assets.

Depending on the analytics tool, the interface may be automatic/ semi-automatic or manual, but the Project Information Model data will be the input for analytics, and/ or the analytic results will be fed back to the Project Information Model.
The export setting for Engineering Models is set in accordance with recommendations of the developer best practices of the selected Engineering Tool.

The Engineering Models are imported into one of the Engineering systems. The results from the Engineering systems are exported in the format that can be read by the Design Application for potential updates to design models.

The exported results of the Engineering Analysis are imported into the Engineering Models to inform if a revision of the Engineering Models is required. The BIM Engineer can support the Engineer with the import/export process.