BIM: More than just a 3D model.

Sachin Hegde is our Senior Associate – BIM and Digital Technology. He brings in over 20+ years of experience. Before nhance, Sachin has played key leadership roles in building services CAD and the BIM platform since 2009.

We had a chance to sit down with him and get his key insights on the future of digital collaborations.

1. Tell us a bit about your role at nhance.

I am responsible for Building Information Modeling (BIM) deliverables for our Digital Twin projects. What this involves is setting up systems to implement standardised BIM processes and deliverables which will cater to both the national and international market. I am also committed to building an efficient and productive BIM team at nhance.

2. What are a couple of big changes you have seen in BIM technology over the years?

There was a time when BIM was seen as just a technology to create 3D models and a clash detection service. For implementers, as well as users it was considered a huge challenge to take models into the field.

Thankfully, we have come a long way since then. Over the last few years, we are experiencing drastic changes in the mindset among users who consider BIM. Additionally, there are a lot more inclusions in BIM software development itself, to involve BIM from the planning stage, all the way to the handover stages. BIM CDE (Common Data Environment) connects all the stakeholders into one system and carries a legacy of incremental data and information throughout the life cycle of the project.

We are also seeing major innovations in interoperability features, which connect different devices, systems, applications or products to communicate in a coordinated way with more efficiency.

3. What are 3 things that excite you about the future of digital collaborations?

– AI into BIM: AI Integration in BIM will transform the AEC industry significantly. We can expect to see greater automation and optimization in BIM processes.

– Automation & BIM: Automation in construction uses digital processes, applications and robots to achieve tasks with minimal human input and maximum efficiency.

– BIM & Internet Of Things (IOT): The inclusion of IOT sensors and devices will make a huge difference to the entire lifecycle of a project. We can expect that the real-time data from a BIM platform will enable Facilities Managers to streamline all their operations efficiently.

To summarise, we’re seeing massive R&D that will play a key role in connecting multiple platforms and enabling the exchange of data between them.

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