One of the oldest living city of the world—Varanasi—has utmost historic and cultural importance for the entire country. It has organically evolved over hundreds of years. The city needs to be turned into Smart City, without altering its basic fabric. Approach of Area Based Development (ABD) will be taken along with the pan city solutions. The planspreading over total 1,389 acre will include retrofitting of old city alongside river Ganga comprising of major temples, heritage sites and cultural places with emphasis on socio-economic growth. The challenges of Varanasi Smart City are unique and hence it calls for advance and innovative technological solutions.
That said, with the objective of providing advance technological solutions, Varanasi Smart City has roped in Hungary-based Graphisoft, a multinational firm that specializes in Building Information Modelling (BIM).
BIM is fundamentally a software driven interface which provides the project delivery team with a 3D virtual visualization of the look and feel of the building that is to be constructed. Traditional building design was largely reliant upon two-dimensional technical drawings (plans, elevations, sections, etc.).
Building information modeling extends this beyond 3D, augmenting the three primary spatial dimensions (width, height and depth) with time as the fourth dimension (4D), cost as the fifth (5D), estimation as the sixth (6D) and facility management as seventh (7D). Its application becomes more fruitful as the scale of project increases. This has direct implication on saving the overall cost project, and it enables the timely completion of the projects as well. Graphisoft’s BIM Application software ARCHICAD has been extensively applied in complex projects worldwide.