Like society, the design and building process is increasingly digitised. It makes use of a BIM, which is a database used for digital 3D building designs. BEM is used to map the surrounding area of a building or a design, from adjacent buildings and infrastructure in the vicinity to pipes, foundations and underground archeological monuments.

BIM and BEM are applied on an increasingly wide scale and therefore have a major influence on the present and future design and building practice. For this reason, ABT has set up its own BIM laboratory. Here, we investigate possibilities for BIM and BEM and develop our own software and processes. For example, ABT has composed a modelling protocol in a WIKI-like manner, i.e. in collaboration with our design and building partners. With this approach, we are consciously creating a dynamic environment in which, based on transparent agreements with our partners, we strive for optimum results. This way, from the very early design stages, we take into account the life-cycle costs of a building, which leads to a design and building process that is as efficient as possible, while also controlling the building’s operating costs in an optimum way.

Afbeelding: BIM_Hilton Hotel Schiphol
Hilton Amsterdam Airport Hotel

ABT used BEM for the realisation of DOMunder, a visitors centre underneath the Domplein in Utrecht where people are able to physically experience the long history of this Dutch city. For Hilton Amsterdam Airport Hotel, ABT drew up the entire model in BIM, together with Mecanoo architects and MEP system consultancy Deerns. In practice, Hilton was constructed exactly like the architect and consultants had envisaged in the model.

Virtual Reality
On the Virtual Reality page it is possible to take a look into future buildings. These panorama renders arise from intelligent BIM models where ABT integraded all facets of the design (engineering, visualization, simulation and collaboration with other construction partners) into one model.

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