Traditional Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a useful tool, and we have taken it to the next level in creating Historic Building Information Management (HBIM).

This technology platform fuses traditional BIM three-dimensional visualization, search, and analysis with information and data from decades and generations past. As a result, historical landmarks will be able to envision, manipulate and share data like never before. 
 
When BIM first emerged, it was used as a three-dimensional building model and shared knowledge base. There was more that could be done to utilize its many functions, which is where HBIM comes in. It streamlines access to key information for use in current building initiatives, strategic planning, and perhaps most importantly, to prevent inadvertent damage to significant and character-giving fabric, to help make the best, most well-informed decisions. 
 
Landmarks must adhere to unique preservation, construction, building management, and maintenance regulations and HBIM incorporates the need to fulfill these obligations as well as other building best practices. In short, it is tailored to the distinctive needs that come with stewardship of historic properties. 

Technology for all

The technology is robust and can be remotely accessed for a wide variety of uses. Databases are brought up via an Internet browser and accessed according to pre-set permission levels for different groups such as historic preservationists, researchers, architects, engineers, contractors, visitors, and consumers.  

This virtual file cabinet of sorts, enables users to explore, utilize and update layers of historical documentation, data, images, and as-built conditions. 
 
Here are a few different groups who can use this data: 

  • Architects, engineers and construction specialists can plan how to renovate or upgrade components of a site while taking note of any historical regulations that may govern parts of the property or structure
  • Historians, architects, engineers, or construction contractors may want to learn about the building’s materials or systems.
  • Visitors to historic sites may want details about what happened in a space at different times in history.
  • A docent can verify a well-told story
  • A maintenance specialist can browse the maintenance schedule to set reminders about important updates based on previous activities

HBIM comes to market at a time when stakeholders in building planning and renovation are seeking digital solutions. These savvy leaders not only want past, present and future plans available digitally, they want to leverage the data to uphold the historic integrity of sites. 
 
Contact us today to see how HBIM can add value to your historic or cultural project. 
 
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