The American Institute of Architects has defined BIM (Building Information Modeling) as “a model-based technology linked with a database of project information.” Is BIM and becoming proficient in BIM modeling really all that important to the independent telecommunications consulting community? I think the answer is yes and here are some reasons why:
• The General Services Administration (GSA) was the first government organization to lead the U.S. government into BIM and had a primary role in promoting BIM in the entire industry. Today, there are more than 35 GSA BIM pilot projects in progress. GSA now mandates the use of BIM for all major projects receiving government design funding. GSA contributes to the management federal property to the tune of about $500 billion.
• In July 2009, with an overall construction budget of $1.2 billion, Wisconsin became the first state to require BIM modeling on all state building projects.
• In August 2009, the State of Texas Facilities Commission required BIM on all state projects. With an estimate of approximately $1.7 billion in projects, a growing number of Texas firms now expect to use BIM—giving them an edge in technology and putting them ahead of the competition.
• Both public and private companies have migrated to the BIM process. Additional examples include NASA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Target Stores, General Motors, Crate and Barrel, and the Lucas Digital Arts Center (LDAC).
The four examples above only scratch the surface of where BIM opportunities will take data infrastructure design. When BIM opportunities arise, CommScope is there to support you with more than 400 BIM objects available in our SYSTIMAX® and Uniprise® product lines all posted on our eCatalog. So look to CommScope to provide the tools and resources that will ensure that you reach your destination.
Where do you think BIM opportunities will take data infrastructure design?