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Construction Tech Review | Friday, January 08, 2021

BIM is frequently cited to increase efficiency and collaboration.

FREMONT, CA: Building information modeling (BIM) has frequently been offered to solve more efficient and collaborative work. Nonetheless, many in the AEC/O business are skeptical that BIM is simply the latest craze that will be here today and gone tomorrow.

While it is true that BIM began as a design tool, it has evolved into much more: BIM is an all-in-one project management solution that plans, designs, builds, and operates – all while documenting everything.

The following ten benefits of BIM demonstrate why architects and developers worldwide are increasingly striving to leverage this essential tool.

Data duplication reduction: The architectural project's data (geometries, materials, etc.) are automatically employed by the project's structural and plant components, minimizing errors and repeats.

Control of model inconsistencies: By superimposing the three projects (architectural, structural, and system) in the same 3D model, any design mistakes discovered during the execution phase are revealed immediately.

Cost and resource optimization: Preventing future problems saves time, money, and environmental resources. When all team members work in BIM, prudent planning can result in significant cost savings for clients.

Automatic model updating: The complete model is updated by directly manipulating a view. All schedules pertaining to the overall model, including the metric computation, are likewise changed.

Compatibility: It refers to the collaboration between several designers and various calculation software (structural, plant, energy, etc.) with the central BIM model.

Improved team collaboration: BIM enables collaboration across the project's teams if they accept the technology, ensuring that they are always updated.

Project lifecycles are shortened: BIM enables builders and developers to complete projects considerably more quickly. Around 30 percent of construction is reworked, typically the result of poor planning. With minimal rework and slim design, projects are far more likely to be completed on time, if not months ahead of schedule. This benefit of BIM also boosts return on investment: the faster construction projects are completed, the sooner they can be used.

Enhancement of facility management: BIM maintains accurate and up-to-date information about a building throughout its existence. It functions similarly to a life-and-death guidebook for facility administrators. Regardless of the structure's size or purpose, BIM can help optimize space management and simplify maintenance.

Safer construction locations: Construction sites can be hazardous due to heavy machinery and dangerous heights. However, BIM can intervene to safeguard the construction industry's most precious asset: human lives and health. Project managers can decrease the risk of accidents through effective planning and risk analysis. Additionally, improved communication reduces stress, resulting in improved mental health for all employees and management.

Visualization of the revved-up project: The usage of BIM improves the detail and accuracy of the building's design. This can assist in optimizing the resources available at locations.

These benefits are so tangible that several countries—including Australia, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Chile, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and Ireland—have made it a requirement for all new publicly-funded construction and infrastructure projects.

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