10D BIM: what does it mean and why it is so important in improving productivity in the construction industry
In this article, I’ll be introducing you to 10D BIM, the dimension of BIM that integrates all the various aspects of project digitization to promote productivity and industrialization of the AEC sector (architecture, engineering and construction).
As we know, the “dimensions of BIM” specify the aspects that come into play during the digitization process of a building asset, from graphic representation (2D, 3D) to industrialization process management (10D). If you are not yet familiar with BIM technology, I would really suggest you try a BIM management system straight away to get your hands on these new revolutionary tools proving a seamless transition from 2D to 3D BIM models and see for yourself how it can give you all the right advantages to boost both productivity and the quality of your work.
What’s 10D BIM?
All BIM dimensions have the 10th dimension as a common goal, which aims to industrialize and make the construction sector more productive, thanks also to new technologies and the digitalization of processes.
10D BIM is the key to solving the problem of low productivity in the construction industry and to optimize every phase of the building’s life cycle: design, construction and management of infrastructures or equipment.
In this sense, 10D BIM works as a tool that centralizes data to optimize all project activities relying on the use of technology. This means that project managers will have intuitive resources to carry out the project in the best possible manner.
10D BIM has the promise of providing a complete vision for asset management (during the design, construction and maintenance phases). Therefore, it can be used to align the financial, commercial, environmental, health and safety, risk analysis sectors, etc.
In this context, the 10D BIM tool offers countless possibilities for all types of projects and can be used during all stages with the support of highly intelligent digital technologies and resources that automate even the most complex of tasks.
10D BIM software
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What are the different dimensions of BIM?
With the definition of “dimensions of BIM” we usually refer to all information sources that can be connected to the 3D model during the digitization process of a building.
When referring to the graphical representation of a building, 2D (two-dimensional representation of the model using plan views, elevations and sections) together with 3D (representation of the model in space) are the most commonly used workflows. 2D and 3D are quite simply the “dimensions” that characterize the geometry of a model.
However, there are other dimensions of BIM (4D, 5D, 6D, etc.) that express other characteristics that relate to the same model in terms of other information sources.
In fact, BIM is much more than simple 3D geometric modeling and embraces many other aspects (or dimensions) that serve to add useful information to the building asset to be either created or managed.
Let’s see what the other dimensions of BIM are:
- 3D – three-dimensional modelling of the building asset
- 4D – analysis of construction activity phasing and time-scheduling
- 5D – project cost estimating and analysis
- 6D – management phase of completed works (BIM facility management software)
- 7D – building sustainability assessments.
8D, 9D and 10D BIM
In addition to the 7 already regulated dimensions, there’s still an open debate on the introduction of another “3 new dimensions of BIM”:
- 8D – health and safety in the design and construction phase of works
- 9D – lean construction
- 10D – industrialization processes of constructions.
If you want to learn more about the other dimensions of BIM, I also recommend reading these past articles:
- 4D BIM, what is it and what’s it used for
- 5D BIM modelling
- 6D BIM and facility management
- 7D BIM and construction sustainability
- 8D BIM: what is it and what are its main advantages
- What is 9D BIM.