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Building Information Modeling (BIM) at DB Engineering & Consulting

Taking consulting, planning, and implementation to a whole new level for infrastructure projects

The increasing complexity of construction work requires the use of new methods and modern equipment that make conventional planning processes more efficient and also increase projects' transparency. Using the BIM method, DB Engineering & Consulting can deliver a new degree of quality for consulting, planning and implementation services throughout the entire lifecycle of an infrastructure-related facility.

Building information modeling (BIM) is a term used to describe a collaborative work approach. Based on digital models, it can be used to compile and manage a consistent repository of a building's information and data that is relevant for its entire lifecycle. This information can also be shared between all parties using transparent communication, or it can be forwarded for further processing.

Source: Road Map for Digital Design and Construction, Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (publ.), 2015

Greater efficiency when planning, constructing and operating infrastructure facilities

The BIM approach is based on an integrated system of geometrical information, data, and documents within a single information model that can be accessed by all project team members via a common data environment (CDE). Thanks to this collective, up-to-date database, it is easy to identify information gaps and conflicts quickly and so apply the right solution to resolve them. The transparency that this creates benefits everyone working on the project, and it promotes efficiency.

Higher planning quality  and shorter planning times thanks to the following:

  • Standardization of the planning process (modular system/object libraries)
  • Simplified three-dimensional reasoning to identify potential clashes in-project and with external systems
  • Better variant and production analyses (virtual construction)
  • In-depth communication among project team members

Greater cost security thanks to the following:

  • More accurate data regarding quantities/costs in early planning stages
  • Transparent negotiations regarding the agreed cost model

Greater deadline-related certainty thanks to the following:

  • Construction process simulations in integrated deadline models
  • Better coordination between interface points for construction stages and technical disciplines

Enhanced acceptance levels thanks to the following:

  • Visualizing complex overall contexts concerning a building
  • Easy generation of variant assessments

Improved lifecycle assessment thanks to the following:

  • Energy and CO2 balance analyses based on the model
  • Simulation of operations before starting construction
  • Timely, full handover of digital construction documents

Our services for your project's success

With our experience and expertise in using the BIM approach, DB Engineering & Consulting is a reliable partner for your project, and we offer a broad range of services that cover the complete lifecycle of an infrastructure-related facility:

Project management

  • Project coordination
  • Project control
  • Interface management
  • Construction site management and local construction supervision for individual specialty fields
  • Quality management/assurance
  • Design and acceptance testing
  • Risk management
  • Time and cost management

Consulting

  • Setup of a BIM infrastructure
  • Inventory data management
  • Model and data structure
  • Control point
  • Laser scanning
  • Tachymetric surveying
  • Track geometry
  • Geotechnical examinations
  • Analytics for building stock
  • Georadar
  • Multicopter
  • Point cloud products:
    • TruView data
    • Recap data
    • 3D point cloud map
  • Georeferenced CAD status quo data
  • Results of the construction-related examination
  • 3D status quo models
  • Conversion of 2D plans into a 3D model
  • Digital surface model (DSM)
  • Hybrid models
  • Modeling of object information
  • Component modeling (families)

Engineering planning for all service phases

  • Track system, engineering structures, structural engineering
  • Railway-related electromechanical engineering
  • Mechanical, electrical and plumbing

Visualization

  • Object-oriented 3D modeling
  • Visualization of the planning alternatives

Construction operations planning/simulation


BIM Visualization