BIM is no doubt, not a new thing as you can easily find and locate BIM contractors in Michigan like you will locate a plumber near you. AEC - Architecture, Engineering, and Construction - This is a quick abbreviation for the whole spectrum of the design and construction industry and these AEC professionals are very well familiar with BIM - Building Information Modelling.
It started from Autodesk, who happens to be the maker of BIM Software platforms such as Revit and AutoCAD. We will be covering various benefits of BIM in this article. According to Wikipedia, "Building Information Modeling is a process supported by various tools and technologies involving the generation and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of places".
However, there are still other definitions on the internet which are very correct too but I see the definition above as the best fit for this article. BIM is an intelligent model-based process to create building model data that is essentially coordinated and computable and thus AEC professionals can more efficiently design, build and operate buildings and infrastructures. A true BIM modeling company will have this stuff in place:- A virtual equivalent of the actual building more like a proto-type- Pieces used to build a building which means the building can be built even before its physical realization through a virtual model. Civil Engineers do this more often on AutoCAD.
We see BIM as a build component which makes building lifecycle much more easier from concept to construction to management. There are so many benefits of BIM, and even Autodesk highlighted 11 benefits of Building Information Modelling.
1- Collaboration and Coordination: In the building construction industry, AEC markets are always complex. Any AEC industry project can't do without more than 3 stakeholders and service providers contributing to different stages of the project. It becomes essential to share critical information and collaborate with them from multiple source points.
Especially in the design stages, where architectural, structural and MEP designs are separate, it’s not a huge surprise that there might be some design clashes. Through cloud functionality and integration scope, BIM ensures accurate coordination and process collaboration.The core benefit of BIM is Information. BIM model has information regarding every project stage and of the different design disciplines. This increases the accessibility of your team. Anyone can review and mark up the design.“Through access to multi-discipline design information, BIM helps you streamline and collaborate with coordinated communication across teams and stakeholders.
2- Visualizations at fingertips: The main problem with a conventional paper design or even 3D designs is their inability to showcase every facet of the project.
It is not possible to imagine the end product (Building) in reality as you can only imagine the mock-up. It eventually results in a very complicated design drawing. Building information modeling gives you the software platform to understand the completed design, including floor plans, elevations, and 4D models.The graphical simulation provided by BIM allows a user to see how their project will look in a real-life scenario. This gives a very effective visualization tool in this visually focused industry. With project renders and architectural visualization, you can actually see the entire design even before starting the construction.
3- Cost Effectiveness: The cost of a project are mostly one of the important needs to be controlled during feasibility study. You won't want to imagine a scenario where the project is going on and then you find out as a contractor that there's a clash between structure and duct. It would immensely cost hold of the construction and you will be left with no option other than to redesign that portion that have a clash. The clash-free design from BIM will assure unnecessary late project completion and extra cost.In BIM, you have the record of every step performed throughout the life cycle. This reduces duplicate documentation at various points and puts the project at a faster pace. Thus, you can save both Time and Money through BIM.
4- Accessibility to information: As you are aware, building project involves time and effort. A single project could involve hundreds of architects, engineers, and drafters. The real problem comes, when a designer makes a change to a floor plan, imagine half of the other designers using the older version of the design than the revised one. Further, it might happen that another designer is changing the plumbing design based on an older floor plan. It can be extremely difficult to be aware of every change happens at multiple touch-points.BIM process is completely coordinated at each stage of the design and construction process flow. You can easily access all the available information regarding design in the BIM Model. It enables the designer to be aware of the latest design at each moment and that makes the change management really easy and effective.
5- Higher Productivity: The target of every AEC project is to complete the project in scheduled time and budget. At any stage, if you get stuck, the entire project can suffer from it. The reasons that can happen are inaccurate design information, wrong design coordination in multi-discipline design (Architectural, Structural & MEP). BIM enables you to create a precise project plan in a very concise manner. A coordinated BIM model will have all the information regarding every change made in the design and everyone will be able to access that critical information. So in short, any changes you make in design will be reflected at every connected design aspect.This means the entire design and construction process will go as planned and excessive time in redesign and labor can be saved eventually resulting in overall cost reduction of the entire project.
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