Building Information Modeling
M.Arch Architects incorporates the latest BIM (Building Information Modeling) technology, process, and people into highly organized 3D visual presentations as well as technical documents allowing each client to be in control of the design through each phase of the project. Our BIM allow teams the greatest understanding of building component geometry, placement, number, and specification for flawless coordination between project owners, tenants, realtors, engineers, manufacturers, regulatory officials, and users. Our BIM and CAD technical expertise is integrated with the latest Green Building processes and LEED specification writing. M.Arch Architects is an approved LEED certified professional firm with the US Green Building Council. Each client's budget and scheduling issues are carefully discussed and integrated into BIM modeling and CAD processes allowing us to deliver a complete cost-effective end product, while meeting important construction schedules.
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is an object-oriented CAD system, in which two-dimensional symbols that stood for building elements are replaced by three-dimensional objects with embedded information, capable of representing elements of construction. This allows for multiple views to be generated, for multiple building systems to be coordinated, for materials and quantities to be known and referenced to each other, all during the design and documentation phases of a project. These qualities allow for a degree of interconnectedness during design and documentation phases not readily achievable in two-dimensional CAD systems.
Industry experts predict that BIM will revolutionize not only the delivery of design and documents, but also the relationship between design team members, owners, and construction entities and the relationship between design and construction activities. However, Ken Sanders, FAIA, observes in the September 2004 issue of Architectural Record: that "the critical path isn't BIM, but rather process innovation squarely focused on people, partnerships, shared expertise, and timely decision making." Nevertheless changes in the way that design teams conceive, develop, and communicate information about buildings are positioned to have a dramatic impact on the practice of architecture.