The BIM industry can get a little ahead of itself when it comes to inventing new ideas. We're here to sift through the obfuscation and deliver the knowledge you need to simply understand your contract requirements and deliver a cost-effective and highly integrated product.
Let's be honest, this can be intimidating so let's get to defining the different dimensions of BIM:
3D: Pure geometry. This is a static model and a prerequisite to all higher dimensions.
4D: This adds the dimension of time. A model adds in a construction (or deconstruction) schedule and produces a simulation showing the construction process in order. Sometimes equipment or materials staging can be added for visualization purposes.
5D: This adds the dimension of cost. A 4D simulation plus the budget data can be integrated into a single video to simulate the burn rate of project activities.
6D: This is a stage where the a 5D simulation can be broken into constituent parts by Value Engineers (VE) and allows for the cost and schedule comparison of different design options.
7D: I added this one for clickbait!
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