What is BIM?

Building Information Modeling or BIM for short, is an intelligent 3D model-based process that allows architecture, engineering and construction professionals to collaborate in a highly efficient way on the planning, design and construction of buildings and infrastructure within one 3D-model.

BIM is a significant upgrade compared to superimposing 2D drawings. Working in full 3D brings better understanding: Considering different outfitting and installation options early in a project means that potential problems can be highlighted and changes made without undue costs, for example.

Building Information Modeling has become a significant tool in land-based architecture and its use is now increasingly becoming a feature of cruise ship construction as well. Leading cruise and luxury vessel designer YSA Design is close to completing the first example of a cruise ship newbuilding project that uses the BIM technique for its entire scope.

Exemplary of the benefits of BIM is Autodesk-based Shipbuilding & Offshore Software Solution (including Lofting 3ds Max), which YSA Design uses, so that all participants can keep the entirety of the project in mind at every project stage. This is more efficient in itself but also opens new channels for communication with clients and shipyards which, in combination with the GA, deepen understanding for all.

In addition to improved accuracy, cost efficiency, communication and collaboration – 3D integration at the sketching stage enable simulated walk-throughs. Now, the virtual tour can take in everything from ‘big picture’ items such as cruise ship atriums to the fine detail of piping arrangements in awkward spaces.

YSA Design has also led the way when it comes to using Virtual Reality, which envisages interior spaces and outside areas in an instantly digestible format to help owners, builders and contractors better understand spaces in terms of volume, atmosphere, texture, lighting, etc. In combination with Revit 3D software, VR makes it possible to see and ‘feel’ the space immediately, and to experience the impact that changes of atmosphere or materials can have even before the construction has begun.