The field of construction is a dynamic environment, which is in constant development. That is why we, as construction experts, have never been out of practice. Virtual Reality, new BIM applications and generative design are examples of innovations that we follow closely and which are now part of our working method. By keeping up our innovation, we help our clients to get the most out of their construction projects.
Programming plays an increasingly important role in the creation of a BIM model. Using the 'visual programming' tool Dynamo, our modellers are able to write their own scripts in BIM software Revit, based on pre-programmed 'nodes'. These scripts make it possible to automate daily, labour-intensive operations - such as checking codes and filling in metadata. This saves a lot of time and also increases the quality of the information in the BIM model.
A BIM model is traditionally a 3D model. However, nowadays, the BIM model can be extended with a growing number of dimensions, so that multiple sources can be consulted. For example, a 4D model provides insight into the planning of a project and a 5D model provides clarity on costs, even before the shovel goes into the ground. Also 6D, 7D and 8D models (also called nD models) are among the possibilities to integrate issues such as energy consumption and facility management in BIM. Van den Berg Bouwkundigen has the expertise to offer 4D, 5D and nD models, in which all the desired information is included.
Without human influence still make optimal design choices for buildings, generative design software makes it possible. This digital design software is able to generate numerous design options and building solutions, based on pre-defined parameters and criteria. From this, the design that best meets the requirements can be chosen. This way we get the most out of both man and machine and bring in more computing power and speed during the design process.
Van den Berg Bouwkundigen provides the best possible impression of the end result as early as the design phase. We experiment with VR techniques to visualise designs quickly and realistically using VR glasses. This makes it possible to walk through the modelled building at any location. We are also experimenting with Augmented Reality (AR), which enables an extra digital layer of information to be added to the environment, for example via Google Glass or HoloLens. In this way, information from the BIM model can be consulted on the building site, free of drawings.