Building Information Modeling or BIM is creating quite a buzz in the construction industry as a cutting edge solution to the way buildings are designed, constructed and managed. In fact, a few companies may already be making use of BIM to start projects, believing that this is a more cost-effective and faster tool to use, compared to the traditional drafting of two-dimensional designs.
Although the concept has been in existence for many years, some sectors, however, are still in a bind about the potential of BIM, thus delaying its adoption into the whole process. This hesitation may be because of unclear perceptions about how BIM fits into the grand plan.
Listed below are a few important facts about BIM that should be able to help companies consider making use of its concepts:
1) With BIM, designs are enhanced and elevated to a more sophisticated level. Because the process requires technology that is capable of rendering 3D functionality, this will then allow structural engineers to correctly make their calculations, or come up with more complex ideas. The rendering can already accurately tell project leaders how achievable these ideas are.
2) The tool comes with a systematic information management system. Beyond the impressive 3D images, the information that can come from BIM software should provide civil and structural engineers with accurate details they need for the construction. BIM could easily identify any faults and weaknesses to the design, which can be corrected virtually. This is what makes the system inherently advanced and elaborate over traditional methods.
3) When incorporated into the project properly, BIM will be able to cut corners and dispense with wasting resources, time or energy. Because the project becomes more streamlined, it can do away with surprises and inconveniences that take place in the midst of development, construction and completion. Hence, it eliminates mistakes done at the actual job site.
During the inception of the design, BIM will be able to carefully map out a model that shows an effective and expedient approach to the construction.
During the construction phase, the model can serve as a guide that all trade workers can simultaneously follow, eliminating mistakes among project workers.
At the completion stage, the model would be able to provide the blueprint for how the building can be maintained and managed, defining usage and energy-saving methods properly.
4) For BIM to benefit a grander scale, all sectors must be able to get on board with its use. In particular, the government must be able to initiate investing on this, so that others will follow suit. Construction firms and different sectors working on the project, on the other hand, can bank on better integration with each other because of this tool, resulting in successful collaborations now and in the future. It will also help draw the line with specializations and intellectual ownership among industry movers.
The future of construction has a lot going for with BIM and once the system is laid out and set in the industry, then other types of technological advancements to help it can be further incorporated into the whole process.