BIM Storm, Going Beyond Desktop Applications of BIM
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is often thought of as a desktop application associated with software products such a Revit, ArchiCAD, VectorWorks, etc. However the Wikipedia definition denotes BIM as “a process involving the generation and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of a facility.” Kimon Onuma has been utilizing BIM to its full definition through applications he calls BIMStorms and further helping owners organize all the data that the building and its users are constantly updating.
Very simply put. Onuma offers his clients a Cloud Base BIM, a web-enabled data sharing and knowledge management tools on a an easily accessible platform. It gives the ability for smart or intelligent buildings (and their systems) to communicate with owners, and simultaneously overlay additional data regarding building users, such as maintenance requests, occupancy of room at any given time, movement throughout the building (or campus or city block) or any other number of inputs that technology allows us to collect.
It also means that BIM, or its BIMStorm applications, can be used as powerful collaboration tools at a larger scale. In 2010, BimStorm Haiti was launched to help plane the future of Haiti by using the collecting knowledge of industry participants across the world. Similarly, BIMStorm Japan was launched in 2011. Other BimStorms have been used to help with city planning including Los Angeles, Boston, and Washington DC.
How would you further utilize BIM out of the box?