Save time and money in building design and lifecycle management with Building Information Modeling

Virtual models are changing the work of those engaged in the design, construction and management of buildings. Building Information Modeling (BIM) is an intelligent 3D model-based process which supports architects, engineering and construction professionals in their tasks.

Whether you’re an architect, structural engineer or contractor, you will love the efficiency gains afforded by BIM. Gone are the days of standing on a half-finished construction site only to find out that the main electricity cables are unfortunately crossing the main downpipe, an error which can mean re-planning, dismantling and re-construction with all the associated costs and delays.

Using BIM allows for improved coordination of physical hardware, trades and sub-contractors, ensuring optimized planning during the construction process, avoiding those onsite errors that happen too frequently. Making use of BIM promotes a seamless and cost-efficient build.

There are several noticeable trends in the construction sector which you are most likely aware of or even working with already. We’re thinking of prefabs, sustainability requirements such as life cycle assessment (LCA) or environmental product declarations (EPD), common data environments (CDE), educational issues, and ever smarter tools and software integration. ABB Electrification is constantly evolving to cover all these aspects of building construction now and in the future.

An easy add

We are very conscious of keeping the efforts required to use our solutions to a minimum. This is why we have taken great care to ensure that BIM stakeholders can easily add ABB equipment to construction projects so they may benefit from verified and structured data. As so often, the success of BIM relies heavily on the quality of data input – any computing based on inadequate data is destined to wreak havoc with your plans. At the same time, the benefits of precise BIM are considerable – in fact, they are so essential that BIM is fast becoming the standard for building design. Take, for example, a bill of materials for your building project: once a time-consuming and fault-prone task, it is now highly efficient thanks to the particularly fast and enhanced data transfer enabled by BIM processes.

The use of BIM also has a knock-on effect for onsite safety, allowing for full visualization and risk assessment of a project to identify and mitigate any potential hazards before they become a major problem.

Today it is becoming increasingly prevalent for large and complex buildings to be planned and constructed with the support of BIM methodology. We know this trend is only going increase in the future and we want to lead the way. Which is why we take creating a smart, sustainable building ecosystem through digitalization extremely seriously.

Taking you with us

To make the use of our BIM tools easy for you, we invest a great deal in education and training dedicated towards helping you understand and utilize BIM effectively. We offer the necessary training and tools to meet different levels of knowledge of BIM, all available on demand to support you at every step. The ABB BIM library is an open access library for all, in addition to our downloadable content from BIMobject and MEP content platforms. What’s more, ABB has a technical paper library with exact specifications for each of our products. This means that on top of our portfolio of products and solutions, you can benefit from access to a vast range of information for your informed decision making.

We believe in collaboration and value your feedback, helping us to learn from those who are in the field, telling us what works and what doesn’t. What you need and what would be nice to have. We value a close relationship with our customers so we can enhance our BIM offering for all, resulting in a smarter, easy-to-use building ecosystem for everyone.

Clear oversight

This close collaboration allows us to tailor our solutions giving you a clear oversight of the technology used in your buildings and enable fast and efficient knowledge transfer between various stakeholders throughout your projects. Our ever-broadening portfolio of BIM-ready solutions are focused on reducing time, with the added benefit of energy and cost savings. This begins in the design phase, by allowing for considerable savings in use of materials during construction and ends with tracking recyclable materials for end-of-life use.

BIM holds amazing opportunities for architects, engineers, contractors, MEP engineers and facility managers.

To find out more about BIM, its potential benefits for your business, receive training on how to implement it into your planning or want you want to share your feedback on improvements that would enhance the potential of BIM, then get in touch with our team or simply visit our webpage.

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Matteo Gatto

Matteo is the Engineering Consultants Channel Manager. He is based in Milan, Italy. Having joined ABB in 2009, Matteo has held several roles across production lines in manufacturing factory, engineering and marketing &sales. For the last four years, he has been involved in the ABB Electrification BIM Program taking care of the marketing strategy, managing the BIM solution development processes and actively supporting the ABB Local Sales Organizations on satisfying Customers’ requirements.
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