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Vietnam win covid-19
ViBIM updates

Vietnam gains control over the second wave of COVID-19

After successfully controlling the first outbreak of the COVID-19, Vietnam had no new infected cases since mid-April, 2020. The country has settled into the “new normal” and focused on economic recovery. However, the first infection of the virus in the coastal city of Danang on 25th July make Vietnam suffered the second coronavirus wave. A strict lockdown was enforced in Danang. The travel in out of the city also was heavily restricted.

Nevertheless, by virtue of rapid responses from authorities, Vietnam can effectively beat the COVID-19 virus outbreak once again. Now, Vietnam has undergone days without any community transmission of the coronavirus.

Let’s take a look at how Vietnam responded to the COVID-19 epidemic, the resilience of Vietnam’s economy, and the shift of supply chain to the country amid the coronavirus crisis.

1. Vietnam’s response to its second COVID-19 outbreak

As aforementioned, the second wave of the COVID-19 happened in Vietnam at the end of July. Danang – a famous tourist destination in Vietnam detected a new case in the community. As usual, the Vietnamese government reacted quickly and strictly to the new outbreak. Since the source of the infection was unknown, Danang was lockdown immediately to avoid the spread in the community. Residents just left their homes for really essential activities. Some other cities also carried out mass rapid tests for returnees from Danang to detect the suspected cases in time. Flights to and from Danang has been suspended by the end of July.

In general, after a month, the COVID-19 pandemic in Vietnam has been controlled. To date, Vietnam has recorded a total of 1094 COVID-19 cases with about 35 fatalities. Vietnam has now enjoyed over three weeks without any community transmission, defeating the second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak.

covid-19 cases in vietnam

Source: Various

Like in the first wave, Vietnam has responded quickly and forcefully, said Professor Michael Toole, a research expert at the Burnet Institute in Melbourne

2. The resilience of Vietnam’s economy amid the COVID-19 epidemic

With the handling of the second COVID-19 outbreak, the Vietnamese government has focused on economic recovery. According to the World Bank’s Vietnam economy report, Vietnam’s economy continued to have a positive sign. Vietnam’s exports were stable with a 1.42% growth rate per month. Over the last eight months, Vietnam received 19.5 billion USD in FDI.

The International Monetary Fund still expected that Vietnam will grow 2.8% in spite of the Coronavirus crisis. The Vietnamese government has also introduced incentives to attract foreign investment and support business’s resilience.
vietnam's growth

Vietnam is still being expected to be one of the few countries that will continue to grow in 2020, said PricewaterhouseCoopers, an international consultancy firm

3. A shift of the supply chains to Vietnam

With opening economies to foreign investment, Vietnam is still considered an appealing investment destination for multinational companies worldwide. Quite a few companies are choosing Vietnam as an alternative sourcing option for other countries by virtue of its stable economic growth, competitive labor cost, tax incentives, convenient location, and technology updates. Economists also predict that many businesses are more likely to reevaluate their supply chains to reduce risk from future shocks.

Bonus: Shift the supply chain to Vietnam amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Why?

As for the construction industry, Fitch Solutions predicted that Vietnam’s building construction sector will grow at 7% over the next decade. Especially, the number of engineers in the construction industry in Vietnam surge. This will provide a huge workforce for foreign companies who are looking for outsourcing services in the Southeast Asia region.

As for Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology, Vietnam has been beginning to apply BIM to some public projects. There is the emergence of BIM solution providers to meet the demands of the market. They are able to provide BIM solutions for both the domestic and international markets. Vietnam BIM engineers have several great qualifications to implement large-scale BIM projects.

Bonus: Why Vietnam BIM outsourcing companies and Vietnam BIM engineers?

In conclusion

The COVID-19 pandemic likes the litmus test of how well the country’s capability is getting along. Vietnam has proven itself to be a nation that has the strength to tackle challenges. The coronavirus crisis gave Vietnam a chance to reinforce companies’ beliefs. Vietnam now becomes an attractive destination for foreign investors that want to diversify their supply chain.

If you want to find out more about BIM outsourcing in Vietnam, feel free to let us know. Our BIM experts are happy to help you answer any questions. No commitment required.

BIM activies around the world 2020
BIM for Engineers, ViBIM updates

BIM activities around the world 2020

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is not a trendy new technology. It has gone through some highlights in 2019. There is a positive sign that the industry has come and worked together around BIM to resolve some challenges. This also provides optimistic thinking about BIM prospects in 2020 worldwide. Several countries have also used BIM as the standard design framework for the industry. In the article, we will help to keep up to date with BIM activities in some countries in the world and understand more about the future of BIM technology.

1. BIM introduction

BIM was first introduced in the architectural research of Chuck Eastman in the 1970s. In 2002, Autodesk popularized the term to a wide audience in a white paper to define their strategy for their products.

Generally speaking, BIM is known as an advanced technology used in the Architecture, Engineering, Construction (AEC) industry to increase collaboration amongst stakeholders involved in the project. BIM includes two things – functional characteristics in structural 3D models and a “database-first” approach to these models.



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The approach lets AEC firms collaborate to design and analyze building systems quickly and efficiently. They can access and edit building information to the graphical files of a single dataset. Any changes made are automatically updated throughout all of the documentation. This helps to improve collaboration, reduce cost, increase quality control, and plan better. Besides, building owners and facility managers can use 3D models to manage and collect data on buildings and structures as well.

2. Understand BIM levels

BIM levels refer to levels of BIM maturity which range from Level 0 to Level 3 and beyond.

BIM Level 0 refers to the use of computer-aided designs (CADs) in the design process. There is no collaboration being done within the level. So according to the new UK regulations, the 2D CADs are now considered “BIM Level 0”.

BIM Level 1 is the most common level at which organizations are operating. It usually includes the use of 3D CAD for conceptual design, 2D for documentation. Despite the appearance of 3D modeling, the software was still limited by the “graphics-first” approach. So this is known as “BIM Level 1”.

BIM Level 2 is a new step that allows a team to use their own 3D CAD model. At the level, all CAD software must have the ability to export one of the common file formats such as Industry Foundation Class (IFC) or Construction Operations Building Information Exchange (COBie). It’s required to create a Common Data Environment (CDE) which is effectively a shared data change place.

BIM Level 3 covers the true definition of BIM – “database-first”. With level 3, each party may access and edit a single and shared project model. Also, the level reduces the risk of conflicting information amongst all parties involved and disciplines.


BIM activities around the world 2020

BIM maturity model Bew-Richards

Multiple countries apply these BIM levels to their regulations based on project type. For example, countries can mandate that all public projects use BIM Level 2. To understand better how some countries are using BIM standards, take a look at the list of countries below.

Bonus: BIM capability assessment – what you should know

3. BIM requirements in some countries 2020

BIM in the United Kingdom: Growth of BIM awareness

According to the prediction, the construction industry in the United Kingdom will grow by up to 70% by 2025. The United Kingdom is known as a leader in BIM implementation. The UK government mandated the use of BIM Level 2 for all construction projects funded by the government since early 2016. According to a survey of the National Building Specification (NBS) 2019, around 70% of respondents were aware of BIM. The figure was higher than that of 2011 with more than 10%.

The UK’s construction strategy declared that it would save 20% on procurement costs thanks to BIM adoption across the entire country. Multiple companies had to quickly find out the process to comply with the standards. The UK will be more likely to become a leader in BIM over the next few years. However, there will still be roadblocks to adoption they need to resolve in the next time.

BIM in the United States: new BIM standard version coming soon

BIM is more and more becoming a widespread requirement for construction projects in the United States. Due to the different requirements of each state, BIM implementation here varies on each project. Although there are several BIM guidelines in the United States, the industry lacks government BIM standards.

Currently, the National BIM Standard (NBIM-US) do their utmost to integrate different industry guidelines to create a unified set of procedures. It is supported by professional groups such as BuildSMART. They plan to release a new version late this year. NBIMS-US 4.0 will be a module so it can be expanded more easily and continually in the future.

Dodge Data & Analytics conducted an industry study on general contractors, construction managers, and specialty trades in 2019. The result showed that 89% of respondents use BIM on at least some of their projects. Several US states are now adopting BIM for projects of a certain scale. Wisconsin, for instance, requires the BIM on all new construction projects with the value of US $2.5 million or more.

BIM in Germany: Mandate in 2020

In Germany, the government is boosting the adoption of BIM across the country. It’s predicted that Germany can mandate BIM for all infrastructure projects by the end of 2020. To aid BIM implementation, a group of industry experts, large companies, and non-governmental organizations have teamed up to establish a German BIM Steering Group.

BIM in France: 2020 is witnessing a surge

The French government mandated the adoption of the BIM process for infrastructure projects in 2017. Currently, France is still on the roadmap to digitize its construction sector. The national government also launched the Digital Transition Plan. This aims at helping AEC firms optimize costs and improve sustainability. It is expected that BIM in France will continue to add value to the construction projects and improve the economy.

BIM in Australia: Expected BIM growth will be $6.5 billion by 2020

The adoption of the BIM process in Australia is still fragmented since there is no unified approach to it. There are 75% of construction projects using BIM. More than 60% of project experts are regular BIM users. A national not-for-profit organization (NATSPEC), owned by Government and Industry launched its BIM National Guide in September 2011. It is expected that BIM growth in Australia will be $6.5 billion by 2020.

BIM in Japan

A survey conducted by the Statista Research Department in 2019 showed that more than 17% of architecture companies in Japan were using BIM for their projects. BIM implementation in Japan is developing but not strategically unified. In general, Japanese firms are not keen on implementing BIM since their client does not recognize the benefits of BIM. BIM is still on the way to help stakeholders to reduce risk and uncertainty.

BIM in Singapore

The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) in Singapore implemented the BIM Roadmap in 2010. The government also aimed at 80% of the construction industry would use BIM in 2015. They had the policy to lead the BIM implementation, whereas clients in the private sector would evaluate the value and cost of BIM. It’s required for architects and engineers to use BIM for the design process.

Although this list is not exhaustive for every country, the information will help you get a great idea about the global BIM standards. If you have more information about your country, comment below and let us know!

Bonus: Spotlight on the Vietnamese BIM capability

The future of BIM technology

The benefits of BIM for the construction industry are inevitable. There are still challenges and overhead costs will be barriers for BIM implementation. However, if the AEC firms do not embrace the changes, they will lose the competitive edge and eventually go out of business.

The future of BIM is still a single source of a dataset that allows all parties to access and edit on the same data pool. The next step is to combine this 3D modeling with reality capture technology to deliver detailed models. It’s time to get started!

If you’re thinking about BIM implementation and need a hand-on help, feel free to let us know. Our BIM consultant is happy to help you answer any questions you may have.

Vietnamese BIM capability
BIM for Engineers, ViBIM updates

Spotlight on the Vietnamese BIM capability 2020

Building Information Modeling (BIM) has widely been adopted across the industry worldwide. The UK government mandated Level 2 BIM in every construction project funded by the government in 2016. In the United States, although there is no BIM mandate from the government, BIM is gaining popularity. BIM experts predicted that BIM has been changing the way we manage projects at all stages of the life cycle.

Likely, BIM conception has increasingly become popular in the Vietnam construction industry. The Vietnam government also approved the proposal “BIM adoption for construction projects and operation & management activities”. The government agencies together develop an official BIM Roadmap to 2021. Along with the BIM application in construction projects, Vietnam has also been focusing on developing BIM human resources.

In this article, we’re going to share with you some insights on the current state of BIM adoption in Vietnam and spotlights on Vietnamese BIM capability. Let’s explore!

1. BIM in Vietnam

In Vietnam, BIM has started to be adopted in the construction industry. From 2018 to 2020, several projects funded by the national government have applied for BIM in the design, construction, and operation management stage. BIM application for the design process is mainly for civil and industrial projects, transportation, and infrastructure projects.

The BIM use helps investors shorten progress, save costs by optimizing construction scheduling, and predicted difficulties in the construction stage. For example, BIM helps to optimize construction and installation progress in the Cheeky factory project invested by Procter & Gamble, SEA. Also, it helps to shorten about 10% of project duration, decline 8% of the workload, and about 40% of times to fix the changes in construction in Park Hill 6 project.

Vietnamese BIM capability - bim in vietnam

Source: Foster

According to BIM Roadmap, by 2021 BIM will be used widely in construction activities and facility operation and management. This has shown that the national government has considered BIM a is an inevitable development. There will be a serious approach to advanced technology to improve the national construction industry.

Also, the Vietnamese government has introduced incentives to encourage organizations to apply BIM technology. A wide range of government agencies, BIM consultants, project managers, BIM solution providers, and more worked together to create a set of BIM guidelines. It’s expected that BIM will be introduced in university curriculums.

To date, Vietnam is moving on the right track in BIM adoption. The talent hub is deep with the younger generations. The government is supportive and recognizes the benefits of BIM adoption. We hope the development of BIM in Vietnam will be accomplished efficiently shortly.

Bonus: Relocate BIM outsourcing partner to Vietnam amid COVID-19. Why?

2. BIM Talents in Vietnam

According to the proposal “BIM adoption for construction projects and operation & management activities”, Vietnam will also focus on training BIM human resources. Currently, there are a large number of Vietnamese architectural students and graduates. They are highly motivated, qualified, forward-thinking, and excellent in using 3D design software. With professional training, the quality level is more and more increasing. The surge in BIM talents is also driving the growth of BIM in Vietnam.

Besides, Vietnam also cooperates with international organizations to drive the development of BIM human resources in Vietnam. For example, the project ‘Developing BIM human resources in Vietnam through the emergence and delivery of BIM professional training courses and sustainable partnerships with business/industry’ supported by the British Council.

The University College of Northern Denmark (UCN), one of the most highly evaluated Architectural Technologist institutions in the world, entered Vietnam in 2017. This institution also launched Architectural Technology and Construction Management courses. The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) is also having great contributions in enhancing the awareness of advanced technology use in architecture.

Vietnam has witnessed an increase in the number of talented BIM engineers. This will contribute to providing the global market with qualified BIM human resources.

3. BIM solution providers in Vietnam

A climbing trend in BIM application has created the emergence of BIM solution providers to meet the demands of the market. Some typical BIM solution providers include ViBIM, HSD Vietnam, etc. They not only provide BIM services for the construction industry in Vietnam but they also implement BIM projects for large-scale companies around the world. Besides, these companies also make efforts to spread BIM knowledge and drive BIM applications in the construction industry in Vietnam.

In the area of construction, there are also the leading contractors who use BIM to control works, early detect, and solve clashes between building trades or increase value throughout shared information. Some include CotecCons, Cofico, Vinaconex, BMB Steel, and more. BIM application in this area requires excellent qualifications to follow on-site construction.

In conclusion

With many years of experience in connecting companies in the US, UK, Japan, and Australia, and more with Vietnam BIM talents, we realize that Vietnam BIM engineers are full of the capability and qualifications to implement BIM projects for the national and international market. Vietnam can provide a skilled BIM workforce to the global market at an affordable cost.

As mentioned in the previous article, there are various factors to consider when choosing a BIM partner. With over 5 years of experience in providing BIM services for the client in the US, UK, Japan, Australia, and more, we are here and ready to help you with any BIM project.

If you want to find out more about BIM outsourcing in Vietnam, feel free to let us know. Our BIM experts are happy to help you answer any questions. No commitment required.

shift supply chain to vietnam
ViBIM updates

Shift the Supply Chain to Vietnam amid the COVID-19 pandemic?

The coronavirus disease has been conducive to the disruption of the global supply chain. No doubt, supply chains in every country across industries are affected. Many countries in Europe and the US have still struggled against the pandemic. Especially, the spread of COVID-19 made China shut down lots of factories and production lines. The COVID-19 crisis and the US-China trade tension encourage multi-national companies to plan for alternative sourcing strategies.

Economic experts have stated that the supply chain of the future no longer focuses on cost management but rather on developing a secure and resilient supply chain. In reality, the global supply chain has recently witnessed the shift of production lines from China to Vietnamese factories. So the reasons why foreign companies have been driving their production to Vietnam. This article will reveal our latest insights on the current situation, how Vietnam is becoming a new manufacturing hub for the global economy.

We highlight some key factors below. Keep reading on it to explore more interesting information.

1. Stable economic growth

In recent years, Vietnam has been one of the most dynamic economies in the Southeast Asia region. PwC’s The World in 2050 report forecasts that Vietnam will be one of the top 20 economies in the world by 2050.

In this time, Vietnam has done well to control the pandemic and reopen the economy. Although the COVID-19 has exerted a deleterious influence on the national economy, the Vietnamese government has also introduced policies to help businesses embrace the “new normal”.

2. Young workforce and competitive labor cost

With over 97 million people in mid the year 2020 (according to UN data), Vietnam ranks the 15th largest population in the world. 52% of the Vietnam population is of working age. According to a Nielsen market research firm, Vietnam’s middle class will grow to 44 million by 2020. This makes Vietnam become a new labor hub in the world.

Besides, compared to China, labor costs in Vietnam are more competitive. Manufacturers have witnessed an increase in wages in China so they are going to seek a market with lower labor costs. Also, Vietnam offers beneficial tax policies to attract foreign companies. Especially, with the recession of the global economy due to the COVID-19 pandemic, manufacturing costs are going to be one of the vital factors that impact the businesses’ decision.

3. Open economies to foreign investment

Vietnam has signed quite a few free trade agreements (FTAs) and been a member of international organizations including:

  • A member of the World Trade Organization (WTO);
  • The Free Trade Agreement with the European Union;
  • Bilateral Trade Agreement (BTA) with the United States;
  • A member of the ASEAN and ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA);

All these have shown that Vietnam is willing to integrate into the global economy and boost the country’s economic growth. These FTAs are expected to encourage openness, cooperation, and coordination. This will also create a stable environment for foreign companies to do business in Vietnam. Furthermore, the Vietnamese government offers numerous tax incentives for multinational companies to invest in special economic areas.

4. Convenient Location

As mentioned above, there are various factors to consider when choosing a BIM. Thanks to being situated in the center of ASEAN, Vietnam is considered a strategic area. With a long coastline, Vietnam offers convenient conditions for trading with other countries. Moreover, traveling to major European countries and the US cities are more and more convenient.

There are also flights to these destinations available throughout the day. Sometimes, the time difference is interesting. You might have a team working for you when you’re not at work.

5. Technology Updates

Several foreign companies ask themselves if can Vietnamese firms meet global quality standards for high-tech products? However, multinational companies like Samsung, LG have been relocating factories from China to Vietnam. Some other companies like Foxconn or other Apple suppliers have been planning to set up production facilities in Vietnam for many years.

It seems that the wave of the factory shift from China to Vietnam has started. Although the COVID crisis has been leading to certain difficulties for relocation, many investors still believe in their decisions for a long-term investment.

In conclusion

We hope that you now can understand why foreign companies have been shifting to Vietnam. Environmental, social, and governance factors will be important ones for success. Economists also predict that many businesses are likely to rethink their supply chains to reduce risks from future shocks.

Bonus: Relocate BIM outsourcing partner to Vietnam amid COVID-19. Why?

If you want to find out more about BIM outsourcing in Vietnam, feel free to let us know. Our BIM experts are happy to help you answer any questions. No commitment required.

LOD and LOI requirement
BIM for Architects, Scan to BIM

LOD and LOI and Everything You Need to Know

Are you currently working on a Scan to BIM project? Has your client asked you to produce a BIM model to ‘LOD 400’ or a specific Level of Information? If you don’t understand them thoroughly, then you may create the wrong model compared with the client’s requirements. So it’s necessary to understand the LOD and LOI requirements.

So what it really means and how do we meet all LOD and LOI requirements? Read on to find the answers or ask our BIM consultant to help you.

1. What are BIM LOD and other acronyms

In reality, there are several acronyms that sometimes can be difficult to understand or remember. LOD, LOI…what do they all mean? Before we even attempt to explain the difference between them and what they mean, we need to know what they stand for:

  • LOD: Level of Detail, demonstrates the graphical content of models
  • LOI: Level of Information, demonstrates the non-graphical content of models

As you know LOD 100, LOD 200, or LOD 300 are inputs based on geometry. LOD 400 can be achieved in the model from visual observations on the sitemap. The following examples will help you easily understand the difference between LOD and LOI.

LOD 1 – A Mass Model

The LOD 1 will be a Mass Model of the building, place, or structure. It will not contain doors or windows. This type of model is mainly the surface model.


LOD 2 – Shell and Core Model

The LOD2 model will include main structural elements and the penetrations of the building such as floor panels, columns, beams, and basic structures of doors, windows.


LOD 3 – Standard Survey Model

The LOD 3 model also consists of main Architectural details. The basic family can be created for doors and windows. Besides, the main objects can be modeled in the concept design. With LOD 3, the modeler also can create the simple model of the fixed furniture and accessories if required.


LOD 4 – Detailed Survey Model

The LOD 4 model will contain Architectural elements and Structural details. The primary and auxiliary services can be modeled at a highly detailed level. Additional details may include baseboards, architecture, rails, and furnaces or surface.


2. The benefits of accurate modeling according to LOD and LOI requirements

The level of detail is ranged from simple to complex in terms of geometry (LOD) and information (LOI).

So the 3D BIM models meeting the LOD and LOI requirements will enable you to have accurate and sufficient information on the BIM objects. This is of value to your next designing stage such as exporting drawings or extracting information from the model.

  • LOD 100 – Concept design
  • LOD 200 – Schematic design
  • LOD 300 – Detailed design
  • LOD 400 – Fabrication and assembly
  • LOD 500 – As-built model

Example 1: The wall requires LOD 1: The external walls are modeled as a block object

Example of LOD 1

Example 2: The wall requires LOD 2: The structural walls are modeled with an overall thickness.

Example of LOD 2

Example 3: The wall requires LOD 3: All walls are modeled with overall thickness.

Example of LOD 3

Example 4: The wall requires LOD 4: All walls are modeled with overall thickness and decorative details.

Example of LOD 4

The next example will help you know more about the LOD and LOI requirements of the MEP system:

  • LOD2: The modeler just needs to create the model of huge equipment as required;
  • LOD3:
    + Duct, Pipe, Cable tray will be modeled according to the fitting. For Valve, if the client requires the LOD 3, the modeler will create the model of the valve’s crank into a plane, but not include the bolts.
    + For mechanical equipment, the modeler will just need to create the model of the main structural objects, not including bolts, and small pipes. The MEP system will not include a hanger, except for being required.
  • LOD4: Create the 3D model of the MEP elements as required with the high level of details: Duct, Pipe, Cable tray will be modeled according to the fitting. For Valve, if the client requires LOD 4, the modeler will create the detailed model of the valve’s crank and the bolts.

Example of MEP elements

3. How do we meet the LOD and LOI requirements?

For each point cloud to BIM project, we should clarify the LOD and LOI requirements from the client at the beginning stage of the project. Not just stop at the model level, you need to clearly understand the LOD and LOI requirements of each object.

In the process of modeling, the modeler might use the 3D view, the section to check LOD, and use Schedule to analyze LOI requirements. Besides, the modeler themselves should improve their knowledge and stay updated with the information on LOD and LOI.

LOD requirement

A BIM project can have various LOD and LOI requirements that are applied to each area or position. So it’s necessary for the modeler to understand them to model exactly.

In conclusion

The terms have been devised as a means to help communication within a BIM project run more smoothly. So it’s important to understand and meet the exact LOD and LOI requirements. Hopefully, you’ll have a better understanding of what this means. If you still have questions on the topic, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

At ViBIM, we specialize in the delivery of BIM services and are confident to help you bring more value to your projects.

Scan to BIM - best practices
BIM news and trends, Scan to BIM

Best Practices for effective Scan to BIM process

We all know that the Scan to BIM process can provide a good starting point for the next stages. When done right, the design team can use Scan to BIM models to process their design; building owners might utilize them to effectively manage future changes or renovations. It might be said that they are beneficial to all stakeholders throughout the lifecycle of a project. So this post will walk you through a number of best practices we’ve learned to make efficient Scan to BIM.

1. Identify the purpose of the Scan to BIM model

It’s necessary to identify what the intention of making a Scan to BIM model is. Reflect existing structures of a building? Provide the model for the design process? Or coordinate the MEP trades? What stage of the project the model will be used.

  • For the design process: Quite a few design teams are using Scan to BIM model to kick off and manage the process early. So if you want to assist the design stage, later sufficient information and functional 3D BIM models should be created;
  • For the construction stage: If this is the case, ask whether you need to create a 3D model for trade coordination. The model can be shared between stakeholders to know the exact intricate they can encounter;
  • For retrofit projects: Create an as-built model that reflects the exact existing conditions of a building with a very high level of detail.

Knowing the exact who the end-user of the Scan to BIM is will help optimize the model for usability.

2. Define the project scope

It’s extremely vital to be aware of the project’s scope before getting started implementing the project. You can create a checklist to help the client easily identify the scope of work. In this way, they will appreciate your consultancy and give you a chance to show your expertise. Also, the following questions help you dig deeper into their project:

  • What exactly is to be modeled?
  • What’s the Level of Detail (LOD) and Level of Information (LOI) required for the model?
  • How will the model be used for the project?
  • What’s the project schedule?

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Identifying the exact project scope will help to create an accurate 3D model that meets your client’s specifications. Besides, providing a clear definition of the scope can bring opportunities and value at all stages of the project.

3. Determine the required deliverables

As mentioned above, the result of the Scan to BIM process can be used for various different purposes. So you have to identify the deliverables you want to meet your customer’s expectations. It might be the Architectural, Structural, and MEP Revit file of a specific Level of Detail (LOD) and Level of Information (LOI). In some cases, the client may require some of the different formats of the file. The deliverable can even provide added value to the end-user.

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4. Collect more data than you need

Once you understand the project scope, the deliverables required; it’s important to collect all the needed information. It’s much easier to collect that additional information while you’re there the first time. You can delete data if it’s redundant than go back to collect the missing information. Remember the motto “more is more”.

Scan to BIM - point cloud

5. Find an experienced Scan to BIM team

Partner with a team that understands BIM technology, the industry standards, and methods of the construction process can assure successful results. They should be able to give you a suitable solution for your goals. The team should have extensive knowledge and experience in executing the Scan to BIM projects for various countries such as the US, UK. This enables you to maximize value and minimize costs.

In conclusion

Scan to BIM is a key component of the BIM process so it’s essential to create high-quality BIM models that are of value to the next project stages. Stakeholders of a project – surveyors, project managers, building teams, engineers, and designers, and architects – can confidently collaborate and benefit from Scan to BIM.

If you’re interested in this topic and want to discover more, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We are ready to help you bring more value to your Scan to BIM projects.

Functional model
Scan to BIM

Create a functional 3D BIM model for Scan to BIM project

As we know Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a digital 3D description of every aspect of a facility. It might consist of the physical and functional characteristics of the built asset. Nowadays, there are more and more stakeholders involve in a BIM project and work on the 3D model created. So creating functional BIM models become more vital in any Scan to BIM project. At ViBIM, we always assure that all BIM objects in the model have assigned with the correct function.

If you’re curious about this, the article is for you. We will help you clarify how we create the functional BIM models for the client’s Scan to BIM projects.

1. Why do you need the functional BIM model in the Scan to BIM project?

Several people think that the as-built models just should focus on reflecting exactly existing building conditions. However, we realize that adding the functionality to BIM models is really necessary. This is also one of the important parts that will benefit your BIM project now and many years to come.

In the process of modeling, adding parameters to all objects will help you categorize the internal and external functions of the object. Besides, thanks to automatically filtering parameters filtering of 3D view, the process of reviewing becomes quick, accurate, and intuitive. The objects with the correct functions will be of use to your design process and extracting the schedule of the objects becomes easier.

– The walls are assigned with functions “exterior or interior”:

functional wall model
– The floors are assigned with functions “exterior or interior”:

functional floor model
You can observe 3D-FUNCTIONS to see the corresponding color for the internal and external functions of the object in the project. This is an example of a wall that is assigned to the right functions.

functional wall model
On the other hand, this wall is assigned the wrong function.

functional wall model
The floor is modeled and assigned the correct function.

functional floor model

2. How BIM objects have assigned with the right function

2.1. Assign the right function (internal, external) to walls, floors, and stairs.

A functional BIM model will explain how the operations in the object model and the frame of the object are achieved. It focuses on the representation of the algorithmic or computational elements of the model. In the process of modeling, the modeler will assign functionality to the objects. So when opening the view “QA-3D-FUNCTIONS”, you might see that each object have their own functions (internal or external) that will be shown with the corresponding color.

Let’s see the following example for a better understanding. In our example, the blue symbolizes the internal functions of the object while green represents the external one. As can be seen in the image below, the wall object is assigned the function “interior”.

functional BIM models

2.2. All model data is modeled to an agreed tolerance

For renovation or retrofit projects, it is inevitable that some areas are out of shape. So in the process of creating as-built models, it’s necessary to consider the BIM deviation of all warped objects from the horizontal or vertical plane. Adding tolerance to the distorted, broken walls, floors helps you know exactly how the current status of this project is.
The deviation for each object is categorized against the one the following tolerance levels:

  • Blue represents the tolerance 0<x<15mm
  • Yellow represents the tolerance 15<x<30mm
  • Read represents the tolerance x>30mm

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There are several options for adding tolerance:

  • Assumed: Define the components in the model are assumed. This means that the survey data does not allow you to determine the shape/ size/ position and the exact existence of the element. We recommend these factors to need to be considered throughout the image and/ or the scanning data provided.
  • No level constraint: Define the components in the model has no reference attribute at the fixed level in Revit.
  • Damaged / Irregular: Identify the components in the model are significantly damaged and/or irregular in their shape. This leads to not model exactly in Revit.

Adding the tolerance to the objects also benefits your designing process and schedule of the object in the model. Especially, thanks to categorizing the tolerance level by color, we can observe quickly the status of the project throughout 3D DEVITATIONS.

In conclusion

We believe it’s necessary to create the functional 3D BIM model in the Scan to BIM project. If your model meets these criteria, it will be of benefit to your next project stages. In case, you want to discover more about the topic, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

At ViBIM, we specialize in the delivery of Scan to BIM services and are ready to help you bring more value to your projects. Let us know if we can help you with your BIM projects.

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How to evaluate BIM capability of a BIM outsourcing partner

The demand for BIM outsourcing services is more and more increasing. This has led to the new entry of various BIM service providers. So it’s necessary to evaluate BIM partners in the pre-qualification and selection phase. Several criteria have been proposed for the BIM capability assessment of an organization. In the last article, we shared with you 7 points to consider when selecting a BIM outsourcing partner.

As mentioned in that article, understanding the BIM partner’s experience is extremely important. So the purpose of this article is to help you understand how you should evaluate the capability of BIM provider you plan to select. What can BIM capability assessment you use? Let’s discover it in detail.

1. General content of BIM capability assessment

Normally, the pre-qualification questionnaire can include a series of topics such as company details, policies, accreditations, quality, BIM, etc. However, this post will focus on helping you understand more the BIM capability assessment. Regarding BIM assessments, the main reference is from CPIc – the Construction Project Information Committee. They provide the best practice in the construction industry throughout the UK.

In order to evaluate the BIM capability of an outsourcing partner, you might request your BIM partner to complete a BIM capability assessment based on CPIx BIM Assessment Form.

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2. Key BIM assessment questions

The CPIx BIM Assessment Form includes 4 main sections as below:

  • Gateway Questions: Including several questions related to BIM compliance;
  • Areas of BIM: This section helps you get to know their BIM partner’s main expertise;
  • BIM Project Experience: You will have an opportunity to dig deeper into BIM projects what they’ve executed for the client;
  • BIM Capability Questionnaire: This section will help you identify training, coaching, and support required to BIM partners you plan to select.

The content of the BIM Competency Questionnaire depends on the requirements of each project. However, it usually includes some basic content such as:

  • Do they have a BIM standard? How many projects have they executed? What was the scope of the project? What types of BIM services have they provided?
  • What is the technology solution they’re using for each discipline?
  • How many people are there in their company? How skilled are they?

In addition to BIM Execution Plan, the Construction Project Information Committee (CPIc) also provides you with three templates to evaluate BIM capability.

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Later, you can use a chart of National Institute Building Sciences, fill in the criteria, and will have a chart of BIM capability assessment.

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3. In conclusion

The implementation of BIM capability assessment can help you understand more about the experience of your prospect BIM partner. Also, you should feel free to ask any question you’re wondering about their experience and capability. You may also feel confident to believe that you will find out a trusted and reliable partner such as ViBIM. By doing this you can leverage the partner’s expertise to deliver BIM for you. Get in touch with us today to find out more.

Bonus: Best BIM outsourcing service providers 2020

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7 points to look out for when selecting a BIM outsourcing partner

Outsourcing BIM services reveal a dramatically increasing trend because of the high demand for BIM services. It has proven to be an effective and feasible solution that enables companies to save time and effort. However, selecting the right BIM partner is extremely important to the success of your project.

So, how should you choose the BIM outsourcing partner?

Someone prioritizes low costs over everything. However, we think that it’s essential to access every aspect of a BIM outsourcing partner such as their experiences, staff, pricing models, quality standards, commitment, IT infrastructure system, etc. Choosing a trusted and reliable partner helps avoid construction hassles and project risk at the next project stage. To help companies, we’ve come up with 7 points to look out for when selecting a BIM provider.

If you want to outsource BIM services, we recommend you follow these points below to avoid serious problems.

Here are 7 points to look out for when selecting a BIM partner

1. Be aware of BIM partner’s experience

It’s important to check and clearly understand BIM outsourcing partner’s experience. You might list a series of questions to collect the necessary information. For example, how many projects have they executed? What was the scope of the project? What types of BIM services have they provided?

These questions will help you know how expertise the potential partner is. There are several ways to check the BIM partner’s experience:

  • Request their company portfolio and go into details on what types of services they have provided, the scope of projects executed, staffs, industries they served, IT infrastructure system, etc;
  • Visit the company’s website, read testimonials, and customer success stories. Dig deep into the kind of projects successfully delivered by the BIM partner you plan to select;
  • Look at their social media profiles such as Linkedin, or Twitter;
  • Contact and request a trial to understand more their capability. Check the quality checklists such as BIM protocol, families, templates and standards;

For example, if you are a 3D laser scanning company and looking for someone to help you with Scan to BIM requirements, a BIM outsourcing service provider with the great “Point cloud to BIM” experience is appropriate.

ViBIM owns a team of more than 20 talents including BIM consultants, architects, MEP engineers, and modelers. Our focus is on high-quality BIM products, on-time delivery, and long-term relationships. We specialize in Scan to BIM, 3D BIM Coordination, BIM Design Development, and Dynamo services for building industries.

2. Do they keep a high commitment?

The BIM partner you select should be able to deliver your project on time because the completion of the outsourcing project will impact on your next project stages. To check their commitment, you might refer to reviews of the company, client testimonials, or case studies to determine if they deliver on time. Work together with a company that keeps promises, you’ll get a successful project.
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3. Do they have quality standards?

It’s essential to check the quality assurance and quality control processes of your BIM outsourcing partner. Having quality standards will help them create accurate and high-quality 3D BIM models. So you should ask your BIM outsourcing partner about adequate quality standards and quality check processes. At ViBIM, we always provide a comprehensive quality checklist that will clarify the scope of work, the detailed requirement of projects, Level of Details (LOD), and Level of Information (LOI) prior to commencement. This helps both the client and us have the same understanding of the scope of projects and requirements in detail.

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4. Be clear and quick communication

Communication is extremely important to the success of BIM projects. So your BIM outsourcing partner should be able to listen to and fully understand all your requirements. Their team should be also quick to respond to you on every channel, even when different timezone. Besides, it shall be better if you will have your own project manager who can follow and keep your project on track.

5. Find out their pricing models

In reality, lots of BIM providers offer a low hourly rate to gain clients. However, it’s important to understand that cheap BIM outsourcing services do not always assure the efficiency and the quality of the final deliverable. BIM requires lots of effort and a reliable BIM provider will always offer a deserving price with their effort.

You should be also careful with companies that offer a very low price. They can lack experience or the necessary skills to create BIM models. This is conducive to the poor quality of BIM deliverables. Selecting a BIM partner that is not skilled and experienced can risk to your project.

In addition, you should clarify their pricing models before you make a decision. Because pricing plans can vary on the type of BIM services and scope of work. For example, BIM outsourcing partner can apply an hourly rate for Scan to BIM or BIM design services. But a lump-sum price can be appropriate to 3D BIM coordination.

6. Request a pilot project to understand more

A trial is a great opportunity for you to assess the real capabilities of a BIM outsourcing service provider. You can request a pilot project to understand more about their team’s skills, knowledge, strengths, and weaknesses. With first-hand experience, you have a chance to verify the credibility of BIM providers you find out before.

In order to help everyone to easily evaluate our expertise, we offer a free trial of BIM services. Just send us a small pilot project. Our BIM experts will analyze your project demands and offer you a FREE trial so you can understand more about our capability.

7. How do they handle confidential information?

Confidentiality is one of the important factors when outsourcing BIM services. So signing a non-disclosure and intellectual property agreement are vital. Whereby, neither the company nor their staff will disclose any data and information about the project to any third party without the prior consent of the client.

Besides, you should also check the IT infrastructure system of BIM outsourcing BIM providers. A well-developed IT system will help to protect your project data from destruction and other losses.

In conclusion

It’s clear that selecting a BIM outsourcing partner is not an easy task. It does not just stop enough qualifications since BIM projects require extensive collaboration and communication. No matter what BIM outsourcing services you look for are, it’s important to identify the right outsourcing partners. This will benefit your companies now and in the future.

If you’re looking for someone to handle all 7 points above for you so we can help you, drop us an inquiry and we will gladly assist you.