Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat: “The bigger the building, the more BIM can help”

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“The bigger the building, the more BIM can help.”

That was the message from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)’s Jason Gabel, who discussed the importance of Building Information Modelling processes for the construction of skyscrapers labelled as “supertall”.

Supertalls are defined as such if they are over 300 metres, the first of which being the Chrysler Building. However, what with horizontal space in the world’s largest metropolises, rising to the challenge is the best option, and that requires major planning and preparation – two tasks BIM is perfect for.

“The bigger the building, the more BIM can help streamline the development and construction process for project teams,” explained Gabel, speaking with NewsWeek.

Elaborating when speaking with ASCE, Gabel continued: “BIM is able to paint a picture of the tower that nobody has been able to see before. You can now quantify and optimize various building systems holistically and with the input of numerous project stakeholders simultaneously.

“This is especially important for supertall towers because, the bigger the building, the more BIM has the potential to help out a project. There are queries that can be run in the system that would’ve taken ages beforehand.”

Supertalls generate much needed office space, not to mention massive media attention. They clearly demonstrate the value and influence BIM will have on the future of our world’s skylines. We can’t wait to report on the next BIM-enabled supertall!

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