This text acts as a guideline to commonly used words and expressions that you can find throughout the BIMobject Cloud platform.
What is BIM?
BIM stands for Building Information Modeling and is a collaborative process based on 3D modelling that gives architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure.
You can compare a BIM object with a lego component that fits perfectly together with other components because all of them contain manufacturer-specific data that allows the entire model to contain all the necessary information: to support the build process from planning to design to construction.
On the BIMobject Cloud platform, we are mainly offering manufacturer specific BIM objects used by the AEC community in design and construction projects when working with the BIM process. These specific objects or manufacturer specific objects represent a manufacturer's specific product in contrast to generic objects or library objects that are just a placeholder for being replaced in a later stage to a real product.
These manufacturers we refer to as Building Product Manufacturers (BPM) on our platform and they are the ones that upload and manage the majority of the content we have available publicly on the site.
The content they upload can vary from highly parametric BIM objects to static BIM objects to other file types representing just data, information or materials. When we talk about parametric BIM objects it can be a file that is available for Revit or Archicad for example that can be configured in the different design software but we also host a lot of content that can be configured online on our platform and thereafter downloaded as a static file or BIM object that you don’t need to configure in your software because it happens before the download takes place.
These files are developed using our internal tools that we have called BIMscript, Mosquito and Falcon and exist to help manufacturers who want to provide BIM objects to the AEC community to help speed up the design and construction time but also to offer a complete 3D model containing all necessary information to last the entire building lifetime.
Now we have worked with hundreds of manufacturers who come to us and want to offer their products on our platform and one thing that we have learned is the complexity of being a building product manufacturer offering your products worldwide.
With all the local regulations and rules that exist in each country it is more than often that a product will differ depending on where it is going to be used. Therefore we offer our customers to set up multiple accounts on the platform to manage their different brands or product lines meaning we will end up with maybe two accounts having the same logo type.