Classification, what the fuss?

Classifying model data means structuring model element information’s in an agreed way so that different actors can easily find what they need and understand it.

A classification system is like a common language. In BIM relation, classification lets people, software and machines share and use building information efficiently and accurately.

There are multiple Classification Management systems used all around the world. The most common ones are listed below:

Uniclass 2015 is a unified classification for the UK industry covering all construction sectors.

The OmniClass Construction Classification System (known as OmniClass™ or OCCS) is a classification system for the construction industry.

MasterFormat®, a publication of CSI and CSC, is a master list of numbers and titles classified by work results.

UniFormat™, a publication of CSI and CSC, is a method of arranging construction information based on functional elements, or parts of a facility characterized by their functions, without regard to the materials and methods used to accomplish them.

CoClass Swedish classification system for the built environment.

CCS Danish classification system for the built environment.

Norwegian classification System

The buildingSMART Data Dictionary (bSDD) is a library of objects and their attributes.

The international standard for uniform classification of technical products.

So… what does Optimizer Tool serve as a service in relation to Classification?

Toolkit to automate this! Using our tools you can create amazing rule-based classifications setups.

Need identification as part of your classification? No problem… How about running index? Or locations aspects in relation to classification? You name it… we’ve made it possible!

Work-breakdown-structure… but in BIM?

WBS is a method used for the analytical decomposition of a project into smaller components. Any given project needs to be analyzed in all its individual phases or stages in order to be better developed and/or executed. Many complex projects involve the execution of activities that would be difficult to achieve without proper planning and organization. Applying common methodologies used in WBS will give you advantages of structuring and defining of all activities needed of a project, while addressing all the project phases and/or stages in a more comprehensible way. But this applied to BIM? How? Lets see…

The aim of applying WBS to BIM is to organize BIM works in more easily manageable elements and to simply the understanding of a project, so to seamlessly communicate the project deliverables and activities that needs to be achieved to all the stakeholders involved.
The WBS in BIM can generally, be applied to any type of BIM model, its elements and their relations to each other, including:

  • Split model elements into manageable work packages by applying parameter values to the elements. Example: If any duct is modelled in ground floor, and the duct is round, contains “supply” in system abbreviation, is placed above ceiling, then add following text: “Round Ducts, Ground Floor, Supply Air, Above Ceiling” for any parameter of your choice.
  • Location based differentiation of the elements and applying parameter value. Example: All elements in east wing of the project gets a parameter value of “Contractor ABC” in any parameter of your choice.
  • Performance wise segregation of elements. Example: All categories of cable trays, cable tray fittings, conduits, conduits fittings should be placed in Workset “Electrical Routings”
  • Filter out work in progress elements. Example: where geometry, size, dimensions or other variable are still unknown, then tickmark parameter named “WIP”.

The WBS provides a valuable aid to the project manager especially in the definition and organization complex projects activities and its deliverables.

Therefore, the project can be hierarchically decomposed into components (for example sub-objects, activities and specific tasks) with a greater degree of detail, following a top-down approach, i.e. starting from macro-areas and then dividing them in increasingly smaller parts.

So… what does Optimizer Tool serve as a service in relation to WBS?

Toolkit to automate or semi-automate this! Using our tools you can split your elements into atoms!

Forced WBS can also be enabled, making your life much easier… Click Revit native sync button, and see the magic happen!

Data science, yet another buzz word?

Data science involves extraction of information from various data resources, combining these data fields and apply algorithms to analyze the connected data, i.e. dashboards, machine learning, ect. The concept of data science can also be somewhat compared to datamining where utilization of most efficient algorithms are applied to solve defined problems. Within BIM terms dataflow and information’s comes from individual discipline models and/or multidisciplinary BIM models. Data fields can be whatever information’s, such as 4D, 5D, XD, classification, family name, number of sheets, number of annotations, number of warnings etc. Applied data science in BIM terms are therefore compiled data needed for solving real-world problems in a specific field or domain. The key in data science is to ask questions that the data can answer!

So… what does Optimizer Tool serve as a service in relation to data science?

Toolkit to automate or semi-automate extraction and/or data import! Toggle between auto or semi-auto.

Using our toolkit you’ll get insights & data mining capabilities like never seen before!

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Data structure and linked data, what’s all the fuss about?

There is no universally agreed definition for structured BIM data. However, one of the fundamental ideas behind BIM is to make the “I” in BIM (the information) transparent and reliable. Models that use a BIM approach should therefore have a clear consistent data structure. There are two ways of approaching this:

  1. A model can use a native data structure which relies on fields of data within a particular authoring tool, eg. Autodesk Revit, herein its built-in parameters, shared parameters ect.
  2. To structure the data around a common standard, such as OpenBIM buildingSMART Data Dictionary

Structured data is data that has been defined and organized in such a manner that it is searchable, identifiable and machine readable. Data should be defined in a standardised way using naming conventions or other classification syntaxes. Data should be presented in a standardised format, transferrable and translatable between users of the data and their software choices.

Why is this important? Structured data gives the ability to automating things. Automation eliminates that risk ensuring truthful, accurate and error-free result

So… what does Optimizer Tool serve as a service in relation to structuring data?

We give you an enabler to automate this! Using our toolkit you can create amazing rule-based and/or task-based setups.

Play with data to generate other data…

Value engineering, but how and using what?

Value engineering is a systematic process to advance the values of goods, products or services. It is defined as the performance to cost ratio, meaning, to increase the performance or to reduce the cost. In recent years many toolsets have been made available that improves the value of doing BIM in terms of measuring the overall output of the performance cost ratio. Many of the tools are based on computational design methods. Here the user creates a system of interconnected flows of various scripts that overall solves a specific task. However, many of these tools are not enterprise solutions and they can for some end-user be somewhat complicated to utilize.

So… what does Optimizer Tool serve as a service in relation to value engineering?

Toolkit, toolkit and more toolkits, some are free… Enterprice solutions only!

Using our toolkit you can create amazing rule-based and/or task-based setups.

Play with data to generate more data…