A common misperception is that Building Information Modeling merely produces computer models; that is only part of the story. BIM allows architects to harness the power of databases to leverage more control over their projects.

Building Information Modeling is database-building. BIM is changing the architecture industry because it creates an environment for architects to collaborate on a common body of project knowledge. Large or small teams can work confidently and efficiently because project decisions are resolved in one place.

BIM is a misnomer because professionals focus on "Modeling". The acronym is used as a noun ("BIM is fast!"), adjective ("Is that a BIM project?"), and verb ("We BIM'ed the project back in April.") because so many professionals in the AEC industry do not quite understand it, yet. The emphasis should be on "Information".

Mobilis Modeling teaches architects to easily distill the information they interact with into their first building information model. BIM offers one-stop decision-making because information is encoded for quick evaluation, and pre-formatting into a collection of intelligent drawings.

In a BIM workflow, drawings are no longer discrete collections of lines and text; instead they are generated from the database and edited to suit architects' needs. This does not mean drawings cannot look exactly the same from either a BIM or CAD source -- they can -- but BIM drawings are authored much faster.

Because these types of drawings are views of a larger database, drafts can be generated with a few clicks. Further, all drawings update themselves if managed properly, drastically reducing mistakes in set coordination.

Mobilis introduces architects to the parametric nature of BIM documents by demonstrating how conventional annotation in BIM (section cut lines, detail callouts, keynotes, dimension strings, etc.) are "smart" objects. With instruction, architects can update all their annotation with a few clicks. With still more organization, keynotes can be exactly connected to specification sections and updates simultaneously.

From an introduction to annotation, it is easy to illustrate how most objects in a Building Information Model have the same "smart" capacity. The early part of any BIM training includes using those updating techniques to percolate many kinds of design changes throughout a set -- including wall types, roof details, or anything a designer may deem necessary. Mobilis ensures that all team members understand how simple changes to a model can effect every page of a set, and how a team can work together to avoid costly mistakes when sharing worksets.

Finally, drawings are not the only views generated from the BIM database. One of the best time-saving benefits BIM offers is the automatic generation of schedules. Mobilis teaches design teams to craft BIM families so that they schedule correctly the first time, eliminating the drudgery of manually updating schedules.

Overall, Mobilis teaches firms to waste less time on annotation, schedules, and maintenance so that they can spend more time on what matters most: delivering the best design as quickly and accurately as possible.

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