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How Beneficial is BIM for General Contractors?

By Construction Tech Review | Thursday, September 10, 2020

BIM enables better design interpretation, evaluation, analysis, and early detection and resolution of clashes between building components.

Fremont, CA: Construction is not an easy job in the U.S. involving general contractors (GCs). These contractors seek the support of designers, architects, and engineers to coordinate construction drawings and identify mistakes. However using Building Information Modeling (BIM), GCs can achieve improvement in the project design and coordination of MEP/FP systems. Because GCs cannot afford to manage design conflicts as they cause loss of materials, time and human resources, BIM can reduce these issues during the planning phase itself. It paves the way to spot areas where conflicts exist.

BIM allows the team to visualize everything before building it. It employs the concept of building twice, once in the model and once in the field, thus resolving issues before workers actually start working. It allows for all trades to accordingly coordinate their work. Teams that embrace BIM will reap the benefits of reduced document errors and omissions, reduced repetitions, reduced cost and schedule process. Top of al, the GCs will achieve a higher-quality built facility.

GCs should take into account a few considerations like engaging with BIM early in the preconstruction phase. Once the design development process is over, start the BIM Process. Using BIM, build the “superior” model that includes all trades. Thus, the 3D model allows creating a set of sub-models to represent each stage of the construction process. This will give an accurate step-by-step guide to help ensure any flaws. Once the class detection of the process is done, build individual trade models.BIM enables better design interpretation, evaluation, analysis, and early detection and resolution of clashes between building components. Following this BIM approach, the construction project will relatively be simple while being easy to modify the model and seeing the changes and how it might impact the job. In this way, BIM makes it easy for GCs to build better and faster. This will allow the team involved to understand their role, despite the complexities and challenges.

In a nutshell, GCs who fail to embrace this technology are equivalent to those architects who still plan manually with handmade designs rather using computer-aided design.

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