xD Building Lifecycle Enterprise Suite comprises a range of seamlessly integrated modules which provide functionality from initial requirements gathering, planning and conceptual design phase all the way through design and construction to facility maintenance and operations management. Each module of the suite works with a central intelligent building information model (i-BIM), which is a digital representation of real-world objects that "know" what they are, associate with computable graphic and data attributes, and rules that describe how this data behaves. This effectively provides an ideal platform for visualization, documentation, and simulation.
For initial planning and feasibility studies, a rough building model can be created with cost information to help developers in determining whether a building of a given size, quality level, and desired requirements can be built within a given cost and time budget. Reliable and accurate cost estimates are obtained through automatic quantity take-off for feasibility analysis. A conceptual design model can be created quickly to explore building's functional requirements, exploring various design alternatives using analysis and simulation tools.
For design, the 3D model of i-BIM can provide a more realistic visualization of the design. As changes are made to the design, consistent 2D drawings can be generated immediately from the 3D model for all design disciplines. This greatly improves collaboration and promotes continuous improvement between multiple design disciplines, which significantly reduce design errors and omissions. Cost estimates can be extracted from the building model to keep all stakeholders informed of the cost implications as the design evolves. Simulation can also be conducted on the building model to check against design intent as well as improve energy efficiency.
During construction, i-BIM provides accurate quantities for all of the materials and objects contained within a design to coordinate the procurement process with design and construction. It can also serve as an accurate design model for fabrication of building objects. The 3D model of i-BIM can be directly used as an input for the automated fabrication machine, thus making off-site fabrication possible. When the building model is linked with time information, it is possible to simulate the construction process, where clash detection can be performed automatically to provide insights on potential site problems and discover opportunities for possible improvements.
For facility operation management, i-BIM acts as a single accurate interactive manual for managing and operating the building with complete facility information, such as physical structure, mechanical and electrical systems, furniture and equipment. It provides a natural interface for sensors and remote operating management of facilities. Simulation tools can be used to optimize operation parameters, such as reducing energy consumption through energy analysis and performance monitoring; Simulating facility operations such as maintenance or retrofit processes, emergency evacuation scenarios, fire simulation, crowd behavior, and hospital procedure simulation.
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