BIM TECHNOLOGY MAKES ITS WAY TO MINING CONSTRUCTION AND FACILITIES
BIM technology, Building Information Modeling, has been used in the construction sector during the past few years and has resulted in many improvements, especially in SMEs. Although this method has seen most of its growth in construction, the similarities among the field of engineering in building and mining operations have allowed BIM technology to expand to this sector, where more and more practical applications are being found.
But what is BIM exactly? It refers to the modeling of information for construction. In other words, BIM is the process of generating and managing data during the construction of a building using dynamic building modeling software in 3D and in real time. If we apply it to mining, we see that in both types of operations, BIM technology provides complete information and constant updates about the building or excavation, along with attention to geometric parameters, spatial relations and geographic information. In addition, it provides precise data about the quantities and characteristics of components.
Now that we have explained what BIM technology is, let’s talk about its advantages for clients of AYMA Mining Solutions since we have integrated this technology into our company:
- Multidisciplinary workflow. BIM allows for collaboration through one single platform so that different professionals –engineers, consultants, architects, etc – can share information and perform actions.
- 2D and 3D technology. This improves the vision of the overall project and helps to avoid potential errors.
- Documentation of the project –budgets, plans, etc..– are generated automatically, which increases productivity and saves money.
- BIM also lets us know the energetic impact of the materials used in construction.
Using BIM technology implies necessary changes in a company that uses it, and it requires having the necessary conditions for its implementation beforehand, especially in the area of human resources. At AYMA Mining Solutions, we have qualified technicians both in production as well as initial phases –3D scan, thermography, digital photogrammetry, drones, modeling of landscapes and existing buildings, etc.– and post-construction phases, during operation and maintenance of the building, to complete each project.