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From start to finish with Building Information Modeling

Integrated digital factory planning from the outset

Everyone is talking about building information modeling (BIM) these days when it comes to the digital planning of factories and other buildings. Naturally, BIM has also become the preferred tool for the factory planning experts at Ingenics. But there is one important difference: Ingenics systematically applies BIM from the very start across all stages of the factory planning process in line with its holistic approach to consulting and planning. At the outset, Ingenics develops an individual BIM strategy for each client – much earlier than most competitors.

"In theory, BIM describes a cooperative method of working based on digital models of a building whereby the relevant information and data for the entire life cycle is systematically recorded, managed, and exchanged between the parties involved through transparent communications or transferred for further processing," explains Sieghard Schmetzer, associate partner and center of competence director at Ingenics.

Everyone involved works from a central model

In contrast to most competitors, the experts at Ingenics draw on the advantages of digital factory planning right from the start. This means that an individual BIM strategy is developed for every customer at the outset. Furthermore, a data model is created rather than a sender-receiver model. This contains all of the relevant information about the building in terms of planning, execution, and usage.

It follows that applying BIM in practice goes hand in hand with an integrated approach to construction project management. From architects to specialist planners and building contractors, everyone involved in projects supervised by Ingenics systemically works on the basis of a central digital building model at every stage of the factory planning process. This is true from conception to planning and realization.

Three-dimensional planning facilitates mutual understanding

For Sieghard Schmetzer, there are clear advantages of applying BIM at an early stage: "A collaborative approach to planning using a central building model significantly increases data consistency and planning quality from the outset. At the same time, three-dimensional planning facilitates mutual understanding. Of course, this also applies to building owners."

Acting on individual BIM strategies, Ingenics offers a total of three BIM modules tailored to the specific needs of each client. These are called BIM-Essential, BIM-Advanced, and BIM-Complete. The services contained in these modules complement each other in a meaningful way or carefully build on each other, ranging from essential 3-D master planning to advanced 4-D and 5-D detailed planning, culminating in complete 6-D realization planning including implementation support.

Conclusion

"Regardless of these pick-and-mix BIM modules, our clients always benefit from the unparalleled experience and professionalism of our factory planning experts. Additionally, we have already successfully completed a large number of projects in practice using BIM. In most cases, as it happens, this was throughout every stage of the factory planning process," notes Sieghard Schmetzer. "Of course, we are keen to add to our experience and expertise in digital factory planning as quickly as possible, and we can already look forward to working on many new projects."