Why use a BIM content management system?

A BIM content management system allows BIM project teams to better organise their digital assets while improving the user experience. This type of solution is essential to gain efficiency and time.

As an architect, design office or engineer, why and how should you use a BIM content management system? Find out in this article.

A better user experience for designers, but not only!

In the BIM agreement, in addition to the use cases and the creation of workflows, it is essential to indicate the deliverables to be archived or deposited in a collaborative space for other project members.   

During a BIM project, it is essential for designers to respect this project convention, which is defined by the BIM Manager. In order to enable designers to respect it, the BIM Manager could ideally provide them with a library of BIM objects that respect the project repository.

However, simply having this content available does not improve the experience of designers, modelers, architects or engineers. Indeed, BIM objects must be easy to find and implement at the project level. This is where an obstacle arises. Without a data repository in place, workflows can fail due to the lack of ready-to-use BIM objects.

The solution to this challenge? To use a BIM CMS (Content Management System) to manage the project document base, and ideally with many quality BIM objects provided by manufacturers or from previous projects. These objects are ready for use and can be accessed quickly with an efficient search experience, for example with classifications or filters. 

This efficiency gain allows you to quickly find the right BIM objects for your projects, data, object editions and content… Finding the right elements quickly also speeds up the creation of the construction files and the BIM agreement for a project.

According to BIM Synthèse, “The BIM agreement is a document that contracts between different construction actors: a collaborative strategy and processes aimed at the use of the digital model, according to the BIM objectives of the project and the data required by the project owner”.

With the help of a generic space and project spaces, it also becomes quick to reuse objects from a previous project A in a Project B.  In this way, designers capitalise from project to project, no longer having to start creating content from scratch.

Capitalising on content project after project is a real gain for those seeking ROI (Return on Investment)

Firstly, it saves time, using what already exists. Indeed, once the objects come from a previous project, their contents and data can be adapted, personalised according to the project. 

Beyond this time saving resulting from the capitalisation of objects, those in charge of a BIM project can spend more time on their other tasks. This saving of time is then logically transformed into a saving of money on their different projects

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