BIM -- Dimensional and Material Quantity Control of Wood-Framed Construction

August 30, 2010
Publication: Structure Magazine
Author(s): Matthew Johnson Ariane I. Fund

The industry is saturated with articles and news stories touting the value of building information models (BIM) - 3D parametric models that contain "all" building information. Most articles discuss improved coordination, construction time and cost savings, and the operational benefits of a parametric model. However, some articles are starting to emerge that address several myths of BIM, such as a seamless model transition from design to construction team, and the misuse of models in developing traditional two-dimensional documents from 3D models. There will be much growth and evolution in BIM as fair critiques become more prevalent.|Invariably, and regardless of the article tone, most of the discussion is focused on steel and concrete building typologies. Wood construction is not as often addressed in practice or in publication. In fact, most BIM products, until recently, have focused only on steel and concrete.|Wood-framed construction represents a significant portion of the low-rise construction market and the overall construction market in general. Wood offers great opportunity, via building information models, to the owner and contractor if executed correctly. Use of BIM in wood construction can reduce the required material on-site and assist the engineer in providing additional and clearer details for typical and atypical wood-framed construction.

Services: Structural Design
Keywords: BIM Wood