Computer-aided design (CAD) tools, such as Autodesk’s AutoCAD, have been used by product design engineers to create numerous parts and components for decades. These powerful tools can create incredibly detailed 2D and 3D models.
Many building product makers ask, “Can’t I just convert CAD files to BIM files?” No, in a nutshell. The differences between CAD and BIM file types are numerous, making a proper conversion practically impossible.
So, what exactly is the distinction between CAD and BIM?
BIM is a new approach and process by which a group of architects, engineers, and contractors collaborate to design and construct a commercial structure using the same database and computer model. This enables the team to analyze and visualize design decisions even before the project starts.
BIM is a digital depiction of a physical facility that includes function systems (HVAC, electrical), as well as aesthetics (walls, roof, windows).
It accomplishes this while serving as a common resource from start to finish for many disciplines involved in the design and construction process. BIM can be thought of as a union of work processes and technology that offers a single communication channel for moving a project ahead quickly and cooperatively.
Computer-aided design (CAD) is a method of creating 2D and 3D models of real-world goods digitally before they are created. You can simply share, review, simulate, and alter designs with 3D CAD, allowing you to create unique and differentiated goods that hit the market quickly.
PTC was formed in 1985 by Dr. Samuel Geisberg with the purpose of defining a fundamentally new approach to CAD software. This innovation paved the way for the creation of the first parametric and feature-based solid modeling CAD software, Creo, which is currently the industry standard for product design and development software.
While both CAD and BIM have the same basic goal of creating a visual representation of a building’s design, the distinctions are in the additional functionality and amount of detail that BIM can reach. The true benefit of BIM, on the other hand, can only be realized when manufacturer-specific models are employed and real-world product values are mirrored in the BIM environment.
BIM does not completely replace CAD in engineering, but it can give a more effective technique of building multidimensional as-built project models that can assist the client at any stage of the process, including design, costing, maintenance, and project growth.
BIMCRONE is a solution that provides service at BIM Level 3, with the ability to access the digital contents of the building from a single environment. With its mobile version, it allows instant reception of construction site data and integration of all data with cloud infrastructure. It allows all users, from the construction site to the technical office, from the contractor to the top management, to access the same data with different authorities.
To learn more about BIMCRONE and how it can help you optimize your construction process, please contact us!