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What’s a 3D model?

3D modelling is the process of creating a three-dimensional representation of an object or scene using specialized software. It allows you to bring your ideas to life and visualize them in a realistic way. 3D models are detailed and accurate and can be used for product design, architecture, animation and more.

What is 3D modelling used for in BIM?

In the context of BIM (Building Information Modeling), 3D modelling is used to create accurate representations of buildings and infrastructure projects. Here are 4 aspects of working with a BIM software:

  • Visualization: you can visualize your ideas in a realistic way before actually creating them, saving time and resources.
  • Efficiency: helps to streamline the design process by allowing you to quickly create, modify, and test your designs.
  • Collaboration: allows multiple stakeholders to provide feedback and make revisions, leading to better results.
  • Cost-effective:  helps to reduce the need for iterations, saving on materials and production costs.

Not all 3D modelers use BIM methodology

Some 3D software are specifically designed to follow BIM principles, involving an intelligent 3D model for construction project planning and management. Others may focus on more general aspects of three-dimensional design without incorporating BIM functionalities.

Here are some examples of BIM software and 3D modelers:

3D modelers

    • AutoCAD: is widely used in the architecture and construction industry for creating 2D and 3D models.
    • SketchUp: is a popular user-friendly 3D modelling software.
    • 3ds Max: Is a complete software for creating realistic 3D models and animations.

BIM Software

    • Revit: it enables users to model with pre-designed parametric objects. It provides the necessary tools for architectural design, engineering, and building construction modeling.
    • ArchiCad: allows working with “smart objects” and has been a pioneer in BIM. It features an extensive library of pre-designed objects such as walls, ceilings, doors, windows, and furniture.
    • Rhino: a tool for visualizing designs, covering a spectrum from illustrations to photorealistic representations. It can act as a host for numerous popular rendering and animation plugins.