At the very end of the life cycle, we get to building maintenance. There is a BIM 360 service for this phase as well (Building Ops), which is meant for the tenants/users of the facility and people who work on its maintenance. It enables simple communication between two said parties through a mobile app, where the maintenance employees have access to the model which comes from Revita and all the information stored there (the exact position of the element in question, its characteristics, when an element needs to be serviced…).
Most of the mentioned programs, along with many others, are part of the Autodesk Architecture, Engineering &Construction collection
, meant for construction and civil engineering. These are: Revit, Civil 3D, AutoCAD (which contains AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD Plant 3D, AutoCAD Electrical, AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD Map 3D, AutoCAD MEP, AutoCAD Raster Design, AutoCAD mobile app, AutoCAD web app), 3ds Max, Navisworks Manage, Advance Steel, Robot SAP, Infraworks, Vehicle Tracking, Fabrication CADmep, Dynamo Studio, Structural Bridge Design, ReCap Pro, Insight, Autodesk Rendering, FormIt Pro, Autodesk Drive.Digital twin
In order to make this story complete, we need to mention digital twins, a whole new topic in our areas (the first digital twin in Serbia dates back to early 2020
), because it relies on everything mentioned above. Digital twins are digital replicas of physical facilities with their characteristics. They are produced for various industries, but in this article we will only talk about the construction industry.
Digital twins can be prepared at various stages of the project’s life cycle – for a built or a yet unbuilt facility. The application is very wide and it depends on the need: for an adequate analysis; for a certain simulation for the construction, in order to see whether it is possible and cost-effective; for a visualization of the data in a certain way; for the monitoring of the servicing of the elements – when and which element is serviced; for calculations of, for example, profitability – whether one or the other device would be more cost-effective in the long term when various parameters are considered; how much energy is spent, when it is serviced, what its performances are, how much the parts cost, how much the procurement of the devices costs…
A Revit model, to which additional data are added, in line with the requirements and the purpose of a twin, can be used to make digital twins. We will cite the BIM Real Estate app
as an example, which is meant for real estate sale and lease agents, investors and owners of facilities, who are looking to sell or lease real estate.
That is a digital twin of a facility, which, in addition to the information on the elements from Revit, also has the database which shows the availability of real estate, table views of rooms and their areas, panoramic renderings of the interior of certain rooms…
The great advantage of this kind of presentation of a 3D model is its availability – the app is accessed through a web browser, without the need to install any program. It largely facilitates the process for both the real estate sale and lease agent and potential clients – they can view all the information important to them, without installing or learning how to use the program.
Various Autodesk programs are presented here, which cover the entire life cycle of a project, from the design, through the construction, to the maintenance of the facility, and which enable the reaching of the highest BIM levels. The programs complement each other and are mutually compatible, but the basis (when it comes to construction) is the Revit model. They allow designers of various professions to work on the same project simultaneously.
Although the BIM process may seem too complicated regarding the number of participants in the project, the power and the simplicity of the described apps enable you to go through the process without a problem. If you can’t find your way around it, if you experience problems with the entire BIM process or only some of its phases or if you are experiencing problems with creating BIM 3D model or specific solutions, the TeamCAD team of BIM experts is at your disposal. Whether you need consulting or technical support, our experienced team of multidisciplinary engineers will help you every step of the way.Contact:
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