BIM – Building Information Modeling

Advances in digital technology have elevated the building industry out of the pen and pencil era and into the realm of digital 3D. As architectural projects become increasingly complex, BIM or Building Information Modeling helps architects, engineers and construction workers streamline projects by providing better clarity, coordination, and collaboration.

What is BIM?


Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a set of processes and methods to organize and structure geometry and data related to the design and construction of a building or an infrastructure. BIM-related software provides project stakeholders with a virtual equivalent of a structure in the form of a 3D digital model. Every component in the digital mock-up is the sum of its geometry and other related attributes including supplier information, part reference number, and cost.  All this information exists in one place, providing a thorough and comprehensive view that facilitates the work of the various disciplines participating in a project. Through BIM, professionals can efficiently plan, design, build and maintain a building or an infrastructure because all information is available to project members at all times throughout the structure’s lifecycle. Different disciplines no longer work in silos but in a concerted way, contributing their expertise and trying out new ideas in real time to complete the virtual mock-up. All information is capitalized in the CAD model providing traceability throughout the building’s lifecycle. With this digital equivalent , stakeholders can perform simulations to detect interferences and construction issues in the early design stages when modifications least impact budgets and schedules. They can simulate the various functions of a building such as the heating system, environmental controls, and emergency procedures providing valuable insights into maintenance and sustainability constraints. As environmental regulations grow more complex, building professionals can benefit from BIM to improve energy-efficiency and reduce waste. Building Information Modeling enhances information transparency thereby promoting a more streamlined design and construction process. 

BIM Software

Design for Fabrication, a Dassault Systèmes BIM solution, covers multiple aspects of design and engineering works.  All project stakeholders can collaborate in parallel on a unique 3D digital referential making modifications and exchanging ideas in real time, thereby saving time and mitigating errors that can put project at risk. 

The construction industry is challenged to improve efficiencies while managing programs that are increasingly complex. Aggressive delivery dates, compliance to strict environmental and security regulations, late-stage errors, all these factors can gnaw away at profits and jeopardize business sustainability. Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology from Dassault Systèmes for the Architecture, Engineering & Construction industry delivers efficiency improvements throughout a building or infrastructure’s lifecycle, by allowing companies to transform the way they manage their architecture and construction projects. Powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, our solution Optimized Construction addresses various aspects of a construction project – costing simulations, social networking for improved stakeholder communication, just-in-time delivery of materials, automatic change propagation – providing a more industrialized and lean approach to construction.

Increasing urban populations are putting a strain on existing infrastructures and threatening the environmental well-being of our cities. Urban planners and government officials can benefit from digital technology to explore new ideas and the impact they will have on our cities’ future. Dassault Systèmes’ leading solutions for sustainable innovation help decision makers digitize and simulate a city’s infrastructure based on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform so that they can prepare for the future needs of its citizens and provide them with a better urban experience. 

BIM Examples

Building Information Modeling (BIM) can improve design efficiency and reduce project times and costs. As construction projects increase in complexity and rising competition forces companies to reduce their margins to win new bids, BIM software can tilt the odds in favor of the company using this technology. In an industry in which project teams still work in silos, BIM delivers the promise of better collaboration, real-time visualization, faster design changes and less waste. See how BIM is changing the rules of the game for the AEC industry.

SHoP Architects & SHoP Construction

SHoP Architects is an architectural firm based in New York that designed the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It developed its knowledge in the field to create templates for component types. It used CATIA language to expand those templates into distinct pieces. A simple panel template that previously contained the whole design, engineering and fabrication information was expanded into a handful of panel “families”, 12,000 unique panels have been developed. Shop Architects has leveraged this BIM technique and has completed projects on time and at a fixed cost with high quality and impactful design.


Providing answers to the challenges presented by growing populations in China’s cities prompted leading Chinese civil engineering design and consulting company, Shanghai Municipal Engineering Design Institute (SMEDI), to develop industry solution experiences tailored to the civil engineering and construction industry based on 3DEXPERIENCE platform in its R&D center in Shanghai. 


Maintaining a structure over the long run is as important as building it, which is why Canadian architectural service company CadMakers adopts a holistic approach to AEC projects, using proven manufacturing best practices to automate processes. With design and simulation solutions from the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, CadMakers can identify conflicts in building systems before construction begins, coordinate on-site tasks during construction, and outline maintenance services throughout the building’s lifecycle.