City Information Modeling for Smarter Cities



City Information Modeling or CIM is increasingly useful for architects and planners for cities and town planning projects of any scale. It is the ultimate advance from Building Information Modeling, or BIM. With CIM, users are able to create and display 3D city model environments where data is available at any time and place, acting as an analysis tool of various city components, including open data, sensors, IoT and even social media.

With CIM key players are able to collaborate effectively and work on a set of 3D models. The sharing of project information, basic in when employing digital strategies in architecture, construction and city planning, is applied to cities with CIM.

CIM can be applied to project of any scale, this could be something as small as an individual building to a full-fledged town.

How BIM and CIM integration helps city management

Many times, traffic and noise issues are a result of construction projects. With proper documentation and digital solutions, city councils are better able to plan and make informed decisions when approving construction projects. The same goes for demolishing or modernizing old buildings in the city. The data extracted from BIM contributes to enabling cities to cope with population growth and rapid urbanization.

Buildings are the suppliers and consumers of energy. With the help of BIM, users can access data on a building’s future primary energy requirements and use the information to align its energy management with the surrounding area. In the future, the nationwide energy grid through the city, the areas around buildings, the buildings themselves, and individual housing units, can be planned.

For small-sized cities with dense population, BIM becomes a critical necessity for more organized and efficient development planning. In Singapore, for example, owners and contractors have to provide building data to a municipal server for this very reason.

Adoption of CIM in construction

The leading BIM software vendors, Autodesk and Bentley, have expanded their technology offerings to CIM. Autodesk’ solutions, including Revit and InfraWorks, support modeling for smart city implementation, with case studies in Copenhagen, Barcelona and Korea’s U-City. Similarly, Bentley’s CIM solutions have been widely used in large-scale city modeling projects in Montreal, Helsinki and Singapore.

With technological development in place, user adoption will be the key to success. Project owners will play a driving role in this by requiring models that can capture all the relevant urban planning and infrastructure aspects of a building. Architects, planners, engineers, and construction firms will then be under pressure to further innovate to be able to meet the broader and more complex requirement.

As smart cities need intelligent infrastructure, BIM can revolutionize not only the planning and construction of buildings, but it also holds the key in the entire process of urban planning.

CIM is gaining popularity. It is getting implemented in various industries. It is the upcoming trend and those who fail to adopt this will risk falling behind in the global construction market. CIM’s ability to offer improved results at a lower cost is what is driving the transformation from traditional methods used in the industry.

This article was originally published on BIMCommunity.

City Information Modeling or CIM is increasingly useful for architects and planners for cities and town planning projects of any scale. It is the ultimate advance from Building Information Modeling, or BIM. With CIM, users are able to create and display 3D city model environments where data is available at any time and place, acting as an analysis tool of various city components, including open data, sensors, IoT and even social media.

With CIM key players are able to collaborate effectively and work on a set of 3D models. The sharing of project information, basic in when employing digital strategies in architecture, construction and city planning, is applied to cities with CIM.

CIM can be applied to project of any scale, this could be something as small as an individual building to a full-fledged town.

How BIM and CIM integration helps city management

Many times, traffic and noise issues are a result of construction projects. With proper documentation and digital solutions, city councils are better able to plan and make informed decisions when approving construction projects. The same goes for demolishing or modernizing old buildings in the city. The data extracted from BIM contributes to enabling cities to cope with population growth and rapid urbanization.

Buildings are the suppliers and consumers of energy. With the help of BIM, users can access data on a building’s future primary energy requirements and use the information to align its energy management with the surrounding area. In the future, the nationwide energy grid through the city, the areas around buildings, the buildings themselves, and individual housing units, can be planned.

For small-sized cities with dense population, BIM becomes a critical necessity for more organized and efficient development planning. In Singapore, for example, owners and contractors have to provide building data to a municipal server for this very reason.

Adoption of CIM in construction

The leading BIM software vendors, Autodesk and Bentley, have expanded their technology offerings to CIM. Autodesk’ solutions, including Revit and InfraWorks, support modeling for smart city implementation, with case studies in Copenhagen, Barcelona and Korea’s U-City. Similarly, Bentley’s CIM solutions have been widely used in large-scale city modeling projects in Montreal, Helsinki and Singapore.

With technological development in place, user adoption will be the key to success. Project owners will play a driving role in this by requiring models that can capture all the relevant urban planning and infrastructure aspects of a building. Architects, planners, engineers, and construction firms will then be under pressure to further innovate to be able to meet the broader and more complex requirement.

As smart cities need intelligent infrastructure, BIM can revolutionize not only the planning and construction of buildings, but it also holds the key in the entire process of urban planning.

CIM is gaining popularity. It is getting implemented in various industries. It is the upcoming trend and those who fail to adopt this will risk falling behind in the global construction market. CIM’s ability to offer improved results at a lower cost is what is driving the transformation from traditional methods used in the industry.

This article was originally published on BIMCommunity.