The latest term for the function of using 3D digital modeling in the design and construction process is now called Building Information Modeling or BIM.
Once BIM was established as the latest term, many in the industry have wrestled with attempting to craft a definition that would best fit the acronym. While most were espousing theories on the subject, we were the first to apply the concept of using three dimensional digital models with associated information on large scale, complicated architectural projects. Although we called it Master Modeling in the early 1990s. With all our experience and knowledge in proving the technology on numerous projects we have defined the BIM concept as:
”BIM is the methodology of using a single master source of digital data that integrates all CAD descriptions and related information, into processes necessary for all aspects of a project’s design.”
Because an architectural design and construction project requires more than just Building Models with Information, we introduced the concept that includes and encompasses BIM. It’s called the Virtual Build Process:
”The Virtual Build Process is the methodology of using BIM data, integrated with all procedures, from design through construction that are necessary for a thorough process .”
We promote the concept of Virtual Build Process (VBP) because it goes beyond what the industry is focusing on now as BIM. There is much more to managing a project than integrating information within a digital model.
The first key word in the VBP definition is INTEGRATED. Taking the tools and integrating them into the process is vital and necessary for the quality of a project. Without fully integrating the BIM tools a project will experience dead ends to the use of the data, with unnecessary procedures or compromised translated information in the process.
The third key word is THOROUGH. Integrating the BIM tools into steps and procedures of the process needs to be thorough. Any procedure left out of the process will compromise the overall quality of the project’s data.
The final key word is PROCESS. The effort of building a project is about procedures and the over-all process along the project’s time line, from first conception to its completion. It's all about the process.
In all of our services work, we have watched the software development companies evolve and we feel few developers really listen to the user's requirements and understand the entire process to produce fully integrated software solutions. Even the software program we used for nearly three decades, called CATIA evolved to become exclusive for the aerospace and automobile industries. CATIA V5 applied to the architectural industry called Digital Project, as well as Revit became more complicated, cumbersome to learn and to use, requiring large data sets that built models which were unproductive for architecture.
We discovered the program called Rhinoceros and found that it was very similar in functionality and design approach to version 4 of CATIA that we used successfully for so many years. We approached Robert McNeel & Associates, the developers of Rhino and have become involved in a focused effort to develop a number of planned modules that will enhance the functionality of Rhino for the AEC industries. This effort is called RhinoBIM and is a joint venture between Virtual Build Technologies and Robert McNeel & Associates. This is also an effort to more clearly define tools, procedures and techniques that will integrate Rhino into the Virtual Build Process.
Our mission is to produce RhinoBIM software tools that follow the Virtual Build Process and are:
Easy to Learn, Easy to Use, Integrated into a light data base, Highly Productive and Cost Effective