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What do people mean by “BIM-to-Field”?

What do people mean by “BIM-to-Field”?

BIM-to-Field is the process of taking the accurate digital data in an information model and using it to inform accurate construction, operations or maintenance out on site.

Taking accurate digital data + using it to inform accurate works on site

Tools such as the Robotic Total Station (RTS) by Trimble MEP enable you to import model data to a hand-held tablet device in the field. 

That data is then relayed to the Robotic Total Station that provides accurate setting out from the information model using its laser measuring system to a tolerance of 2mm.

This technology corrects for points on uneven surfaces and locates wall penetrations. Any variations to the model data due to changing conditions on site can be logged and fed-back as as-built data to the project team. Even just from an efficiency point of view, this enables one person to set out five times as many points as a two person team using manual methods.

Of course, the technology is operated by a person and uses model data entered by the project team, but the chance for human error is greatly reduced.

Here, The B1M’s Fred Mills explains BIM-to-Field in three minutes, kicking-off with an important recap on what BIM itself actually means:

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