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Construction Management: Key BIM Benefits

Construction Tech Review | Friday, August 13, 2021

The 3D model of the project, produced with BIM, contains all project details, such as materials, products, and performance requirements.

FREMONT, CA: Building Information Management (BIM) is quickly becoming the industry standard for construction projects.  While the advantages of BIM in the planning and design phases of a project are well documented, BIM and 3D CAD are no longer limited to drawing creation.

Project managers, construction managers, contractors are increasingly using BIM for construction management because it adds value throughout a facility's life cycle. BIM's enhanced coordination and teamwork will also improve the design phase's productivity and contribute to better-informed decisions. The top advantages of BIM for construction management are described below.

Improves Construction Cost Estimates

Top 10 BIM Companies in Europe - 2020The 3D model of the project, produced with BIM, contains all project details, such as materials, products, and performance requirements. Contractors do not need to conduct a separate, time-consuming take-off exercise to measure quantities; alternatively, they may easily produce a quantity report. Creating a cost estimation for project tendering is simpler, smoother, and more precise than using 2D drawings since the quantities and parameters are drawn directly from the model. Exporting information into tendering or forecasting systems is also quick and accurate by using BIM software with open BIM data-sharing interfaces.

Informs Construction Sequencing and Scheduling

Another key advantage of BIM for construction management is that advanced 3D modeling software enables the construction phase to be scheduled and simulated virtually. This will help decide the optimal construction sequence for complicated projects and allows for the testing of multiple solutions before work starts. It can also be applied to measure how long each construction operation would take, allowing for the development of a detailed construction schedule. BIM is the optimal framework for a lean building process.

Supports Prefabrication and Off-Site Construction

Prefabrication and modular construction are rapidly being used on projects to minimize construction time, waste, and prices, boost productivity and keep labor costs under control. Prefabricating parts of the building become more realistic with greater detail early in the design process. The BIM model can be used to produce shop drawings for prefabrication, and it's becoming more common as an information source in automated manufacturing processes involving digital machines.

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