BIM In Mining- Is BIM one of those buzz words you hate hearing, because you don’t know what it is, or you know/think it’s not relevant? Or are you fully aware of BIM and drop it frequently in conversation at industry networking drinks?
If the latter, you could probably teach me a thing or two!
If the former, I reckon you know a bit more than you think you do.
So What’s BIM?
It’s an acronym for Building Information Modelling that’s used in the AEC industries (architecture, engineering and construction).
Okay, so what?
Autodesk says it “begins with the creation of an intelligent 3D model and enables document management, coordination and simulation during the entire lifecycle of a project (plan, design, build, operation and maintenance)”
Bentley On BIM Methodologies
Software vendor Bentley says the use of BIM methodologies is already spreading rapidly through our resource sector, even though the term “BIM” itself has yet to emerge an industry buzzword.
“Information modeling and BIM levels 1, 2 and 3 – information flows from design and that project delivery phase into operations and maintenance, we’re seeing evidence of that occurring within the mining industry just as we are in all industries.”
“They just don’t refer to it as BIM – within the industry the term just hasn’t really appeared to the same extent that it has within the building sector and now within the civil.”
It probably doesn’t help that the acronym contains the word Building. We’d rather SIM (structure information modelling). You might prefer PIM (plant information modelling). But it doesn’t matter – it amounts to the same thing – an intelligent model of a soon-to-be-real thing.
Benefits of BIM To The Resources Sector
Regardless of what you call it, BIM promises to bring critical benefits to Australian mining operations, particularly in lowering operating costs and increasing efficiency.
Operations and maintenance is where the full benefit of BIM during design and construction can be realised.
All the information you’ve got now that you’ve designed and constructed a project can now go through into the O&M phase, where it can further complement other information logged during the life cycle to improve maintenance and performance. This can include areas such as when structures and equipment were inspected, who inspected it and what were the issues.
Going if not gone are the days when production was the only thing that mattered, accepting high operating costs and ignoring efficiency. The mantra is now “accelerated production through improved efficiencies and reduced operating costs”.
So BIM is here and you should be embracing it. If you’re building off 2D drawings we need to talk. If you’re preparing 3D “dumb” models we need to talk. If you just like coffee, we should talk!