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Building Information Modelling (BIM) is very complicated at first (also, probably, second and third) glance. However, after a lot of research, you learn a lot about the working method. Important components such as collaborative working and merging in the 3D model quickly become apparent and make this method special.
Apart from tedious research, you can also take a look at your private hobbies. These can also be useful in working life and facilitate BIM modelling.
1. Model Making
Especially when it comes to creating scale models, model making wins. All models from ships to planes to railways, model making is an extremely influential hobby. So the meticulous accuracy of model making can be inferred to be an equally meticulous care of a scale BIM model.
Playing with LEGO bricks is a little more abstract, but just as creative. With the help of these bricks, it is possible to be inspired and build complicated buildings. There are no limits to creativity. In the creation of one’s own model, which is to be integrated into the Common Data Environment (CDE), it is also possible to act creatively in the role of planner and architect, so that the customer likes it. However, playing LEGO is also useful for all the other parties involved in a project, as it teaches them that a single project consists of many building blocks. By the way, the comparison between BIM and LEGO is also helpful to explain BIM to one’s own mother.
One of the most obvious “hobbies” that could be related to the BIM method is craftsmanship. Here, building material properties as well as statics and spatial and logical thinking are taught and absorbed. This can be a decisive advantage in the professional spectrum of the BIM working method.
4. Team Sports
We are sure: Any kind of team sport can help to better understand the work with BIM and to filter out the quintessence. After all, the goal of the working method is to work collaboratively with other people. Even if these people are from different disciplines and have little in common with yourself – there is a common ground, and it can be found either in team sports or in the BIM project.
5. Strategy Games
Always think one step ahead – in strategy games like risk or chess, this is one of the most promising chances of winning. Working with the BIM method requires exactly the same. The strategic planning of a complicated project requires a cool head and a good overview of the overall project.
More and more computer games can be played in virtual reality (VR) mode to generate a realistic gaming experience. There, the virtual world becomes a real experience. The three-dimensional gaming experience is also reminiscent of a BIM model. This is also displayed very realistically in the CDE and through the 3D surveying, it is also possible to move through the project with VR glasses. So if you have already gained some knowledge of the VR world and are familiar with the controls and feel, nothing should stand in the way of working in the detailed BIM model.
A very creative and artistic hobby is pottery. Here, a wide variety of shapes, objects and sculptures are formed out of clay and then solidified. To be successful here, therefore, you need a precise eye for three-dimensional objects or three-dimensional space. Apart from that, a high degree of patience and practice play a role here. Successes are usually not directly enforceable, but have to be worked for. This is also the case with BIM. So anyone who has already undergone a test of patience in the hobby will not give up until the goal is reached!
8. The Sims
The well-known life simulation game shows everyone the different possibilities of life and of course also how to build a house through the house building function at the beginning of the game. What is learned here are several things: on one hand, building to scale and the right eye for space is learned, and on the other hand, building according to budget (without using “mother lode”) is learned. This cost certainty and building without going over budget is one of the many advantages of BIM. So learning this beforehand by playing a computer game can’t hurt.
These hobbies can help you work with BIM, but this also applies to the other direction. If you are looking for a new hobby and work with BIM, you might have a little advantage over the others. If you would like to learn more about BIM, you can register here for our BIM webinar, which will give you the basics of the working method. The first module is free, so just take a look!