WHAT IS BIM ?
BIM stands for Building Information Modeling. While CAD software use only 2D or 3D geometry without any difference between elements, BIM software use libraries of Intelligent and Parametric objects. BIM software understand the logical interaction between the different types of objects and store information about these objects.
BIM opens a new era for AEC professionals. They will save time while creating and modifying their projects but also by collaborating at a higher level with their partners while sharing discipline-specific contents on the same BIM model.
FEEL THE POWER OF BIM SOFTWARE
4M is a pioneer of BIM with a complete suite of BIM Software for Architecture & Engineering initiated in 1993. The 4M BIM Software renown by experts to be the BIM software offering the easiest migration for AutoCAD users as they are the only ones to use DWG as their native file format and an AutoCAD-like look-and-feel.
BIM COLLABORATION BETWEEN ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS
IDEA Architecture and the FINE suite are part of the 4M BIM Suite of software for Architecture and Engineering. You can share the same project among all these software. You may for example create the building with IDEA Architecture and send the BIM model to a FINE HVAC user who will calculate and design the HVAC systems.
→ See for example how a Fine HVAC user can instantly calculate Thermal losses and Cooling loads from a BIM project created with IDEA Architecture : BIM Collaboration
IFC Import /export
The support of the IFC format (from versions 14) allows you also to share your project with non-4M BIM Software like Revit®, ArchiCAD® or AllPlan® and all the BIM Engineering software you can find on the market.