Historic Building Information Management (HBIM) is a flexible platform that can be used in a number of ways at historic and cultural attractions.
One of the neat things about it is the amount of people that can use this platform.
We discussed in a previous post, the value of HBIM. Let’s take a closer look into who can use HBIM—and exactly how they can do it.
When upgrading a landmark, architects, builders and engineers need to know about material properties including manufacturers, repairs, maintenance dates, craftsmen and related contractors, and codes applicable to different parts of a structure. These users can either quickly access basic information on the history and maintenance of an element, or go deeper and retrieve its complete archival record.
For example, if the bathroom needs to be updated, architects, contractors and engineers will be able to see the bathroom in its present form, as well as all related plumbing pathways, which may have been different in the past. They can then look up individual details about components of the room. Perhaps the planners are thinking of replacing a historic bathtub. Upon leveraging the data from HBIM, they may discover that the feature has inherent historical value and must stay put to preserve the integrity of the building and its heritage. HBIM would be able to guide important business decisions to keep artifacts intact, and save time and money as well.