Building Information Modeling

Building information modeling (BIM) is the process of generating and managing building data during its life cycle. Typically it uses 3D, real-time, dynamic building modeling software to increase productivity in building design and construction. The BIM process encompasses building geometry and design data, spatial relationships, geographic information, financial data, environmental/LEED data, maintenance data, owner/occupier data and building specification/component data.

Leopardo can use BIM to demonstrate the entire building life cycle including the processes of preconstruction, construction and facility operation. Quantities and shared properties of materials can easily be extracted. Scopes of work can be isolated and defined. Systems, assemblies and sequences are able to be shown in a relative scale with the entire facility or group of facilities.

BIM provides greater efficiency producing all project documentation and automates the link between specs and drawings throughout the entire lifecycle of a building. It also focuses on saving resources (dollars, time and materials), enhances collaboration between partners, enables more accurate feasibility studies and encourages architects to think about construction as they design.

BIM Benefits

  • Better understanding of design concepts and shared understanding of issues
  • More focus on value-added tasks
  • Faster cycle times
  • Reduced errors and omissions
  • Less waste from reduced rework, materials and time
  • Fewer translation errors and losses
  • Increased site safety
  • Better estimates pertaining to cost and time
  • The ability to do more what-if scenarios

BIM Usage

Collision Detection. For a 72,000-square-foot industrial corporate headquarters and laboratory facility, Leopardo utilized BIM for the HVAC, mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP) and fire protection (FP) systems throughout the facility. CAD drawings provided by the individual trades were utilized as the primary input sources of information, along with additional items like unit costs and material specifications. With coordinated participation by the trades, Leopardo was able to identify possible collisions during the coordination stages, eliminating issues and costly work-arounds before they became problems during the construction stages.

Lean Construction. Leopardo is able to prefabricate many of the difficult and complicated HVAC, MEP and FP parts and assemblies. This greatly reduces associated labor costs and time requirements during installation, reducing overall project cost and duration.

Visualizations/Clarity. Leopardo creates simple to complex 2-D or 3-D representations of project-related components. From simply demonstrating the location and scale of a building in relationship to a project’s site to a full 3-D simulation of a building’s construction process through the various phased stages, Leopardo utilizes advanced computer software to help us quickly and clearly communicate ideas and intent.