What is BIMBinder?
BIMBinder is a new way of managing construction and design information after a construction project is complete. Instead of paper plans and material specifications (traditional Operation and Maintenance Manuals) clients will be given the BIMBinder software which connects to their project information in the cloud. Information data, from manufacturer to model number to warranty dates, are stored inside each respective 3D component. For example, if the user wants to know all the information in regards to a light fixture, the user will simply select the light fixture and then view all the data and document files (excel, word, pdf’s, CADs) associated with the light fixture. Users can view the model in 2D plans or 3D space
Building Life Cycle Benefit: BIMBinder not only allows the building management team to view all construction and design data but also provides many benefits for the lifecycle of the traditional tenant commercial building. All of BIMBinder’s data is stored in the cloud along with all CAD and Revit files for the project. Since tenant spaces are renovated traditionally every 3, 5 or 10 years, having the asbuilt CAD and Revit files from the previous project allows building owners to save on Architectural and MEP surveys as well as cut down the time to design projects by 2-3 weeks, letting landlords take advantage of tighter lease commencement schedules and help cut down on overall vacancy percentage.
Executive Project Details: BIMBinder contains a built in building data details button that allows executive team members to easily view all project information (such as price per sq. ft, project team, project size and schedule), building information (building common finishes, building data, etc.) and code information.
This allows executive members to quickly access and send this information to leasing teams, building management teams and the design team of future projects to help keep all building information in one central place and reduce the amount of front time needed on future budgets, leasing deals and permit submissions.
Import File Type: BuildingSMART (formally the International Alliance for Interoperability) is the consortium that was founded by the top companies in the AEC industry back in 1995. BuildingSMART’s goal was create a file type that all building information modeling (BIM) programs could import and work off of. The file type they created is the IFC file and that is the file that BIMBinder uses for import so that BIMBinder is interoperable with all BIM platforms. Due to this, BIMBinder will be able to be utilized not only by our team but by any team looking to hand off a building information model to the client for post construction management.
2D/3D Views: Typical plans are viewed in a two dimensional manner, but daily life is seen in three dimensions. Due to this, we thought it was imperative to transfer in the 2D views from the model but also focus on allowing all tools to be used in the 3D view. This way, users can select/see data in which ever view they prefer. Using the 2D views, users can dimension plans, understand floor layout and select/ view desired information about building components. 3D views allow users to view the building as they see it in real life and select/view components just like they would touch an object in everyday life.
Cloud Hosted Dat: Building information, when delivered in a traditional manner (paper O&M manuals), is typically lost or misplaced shortly after a construction project is completed. Due to this, we wanted to ensure that our clients not only had all necessary information available at their fingertips but all information was stored in the cloud so that it is always available. Not only will the BIMBinder project files be under the client’s directory within the cloud but also all CAD files and Revit files (or other capable building information modeling creation program) that were used by the projects design team will be located there as well. This allows building owners, managers and building maintenance to all separately access current and correct building information from anywhere in the world.
As-built Surveys and Rent Timelines: During the lifecycle of commercial tenant buildings, tenants end their lease and leave / renovate every 3, 5 or 10 years. Once a tenant signs a lease or extends their lease, traditional building lifecycle practices (loss of information on the space, no drawings from previous build out, etc.) cause the building owner to hire an Architect and MEP Engineer to do an existing survey of the space to determine what exactly is there before they can design the new space. The Architect and MEP engineer survey period takes anywhere from 2-4 weeks, thus delaying tenant lease commencement by 2-4 weeks on every lease deal. Furthermore, the surveys cost the Owner money in the form of design costs.
We have developed the below table which determines the cost and rent loss that a typical Owner will see throughout the 5 year renovation cycle of tenant space (we assumed that every square foot of the tenant space in a building is renovated every 5 years on average).
Through the use of BIMBinder by landlords, these costs are eliminated due to having all necessary documentation required for future build outs.
Building Maintenance Saving: Building Engineers traditionally rely on operation and maintenance manuals to maintain their building. They utilize the material within the O&M manuals to trace back electrical, HVAC issues and determine the cause of many other issues that occur on the day to day operation of a commercial building. However, with traditional O&M manuals, this information is lost or hard to look up / verify. Using BIMBinder, building engineers can simply select any object and view every piece of vital information they may need, saving all the time of traditional research and information gathering. Furthermore, no longer will building engineers have to make decisions due to having no correct information on file that could potentially damage systems or cause loss of tenant rental. We have calculated the below table of values based on approximate time savings per year due to the utilization of BIMBinder for a full 120,000 SQ FT building
Overall Lifecycle Savings: Since we have determine the cost savings every 5 years for existing condition surveys and also determined the cost savings every year for building maintenance, we can calculate the total cost saved over the lifecycle of a typical building due to the use of BIMBinder. In our previous calculations and in this one, we will be using a 120,000 SQ FT building as the example building. The table below was developed to show the total savings realized by an Owner over the 50 year life cycle of a building.