BIMStorm is a web 3.0 brainstorm process in which an unlimited number of people can combine their expertise in a collaborative effort to cut costs, streamline schedules and save energy in building projects.
Most recently, BIMStorm spearheaded a Plan Haiti initiative to harness the support and input of members of the worldwide building industry to help rebuild Haiti and meet the country’s short-term and long-term needs.
BIMStorm is a Cloud Computing collaborative process that leverages web-based BIM capabilities of the ONUMA Planning System to enable data sharing among multiple software programs including BIM software, GIS systems, Google Earth, Excel and other sources, even hand drawings.
Cloud Computing refers to the use of multiple computers via a digital network to brainstorm ideas and solutions as though they were one computer. The ONUMA planning system is an application that automatically generates a variety of site, building and spaces-level reports, including cost estimates. Users have the ability to adjust the settings and rules, ranging from settings matrices to cost estimates, which dictate how reports are generated.
These online “Brainstorms” allow vast amounts of business processes to be reduced from months to hours while improving accuracy and building designs. They also prevent the duplication of data at each step of the project, saving time and creating an efficient continuum of design. Moreover, such collaborative activities reflect the cyber-utopianism of many who endeavor to bring down cultural, financial, legal and political obstacles through the use of the internet to create global collaborations and promote a world of free information and access to that information.
BIM, which stands for “Building Information Modeling,” rests on the idea that buildings are never static but dynamic. Therefore, BIM analyses a building’s maintenance and operations within real time, perceiving a building as constantly changing in its needs and capabilities. As a result, the linkage of knowledge to processes and tools through a connected collaborative group engages in the so-called ‘BIMStorm’.
BIMStorm allows people from all over the world to interconnect and locate buildings anywhere and in any circumstance to accurately simulate a building within an environment. This real time collaboration allows people to spot problems, trends and identify partners as the project progresses.
Such in-sync decision-making attacks the cumulative effects of indecision and obstacles, which can lead to a waste of resources. BIMStorm permits more accurate and efficient decisions that can drive down capital and environmental costs and facilitate integrative decision-making and real-time collaboration.
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