Why BIM is Important
AEC has been using building information modelling which is a technology that facilitates planning and effective management of construction projects. BIM technology has enabled creation of digital representation of buildings by using relevant data and geometry. This technology has made a positive impact in this industry as there are benefits such as utilizationof software tools. Improving operability between teams, better scheduling as well as effective coordination of building and construction projects are additional benefits. A virtual information is created by the design team which consists of engineers, surveyors as well as architects who later on pass the model to contractors who implement the design. Even before moving to the site of construction, the design team is able to get a virtual construction model of the project.
BIM helps to provide high quality as well as accurate documentation of the construction process. Reduction of the building lifecycle is implemented with this technology which helps to improve the level of interaction among engineers, architects as well as contractors. BIM has also helped in coordination of the various processes involved in the building lifecycle hence eliminating any conflicts that may arise between experts. Improved construction management is also facilitated in addition to production of accurate quantity take-offs. Implementing BIM during the design process leads to a more cost-effective project.
With the help of BIM, the 3D objects of the design can be analyzed by the computer in order to identify any errors and correct them automatically thus making this technology more superior as compared to manual drawings. Due to this capability of BIM, any errors and change orders in the building model are identified and reduced. During cost estimation and placing orders for materials, contractors use the data provided by BIM to generate bills for the materials. Therefore, better integration of the construction process is enhanced for the building model.
BIM makes use of tools that are quite different unlike those used in CADD. Online simulation of a construction provides better products to owners that are more affordable which is what BIM mostly involves. The main feature of this technology is the use of coordinated computable information during the design process. Better performance predictions, cost estimates, construction planning as well as better decision making is enhanced with the model created. Since BIM is implemented during the entire building life cycle, it is used during operation as well as maintenance stages.
Before its implementation, BIM technology enhances creation of different components of the construction in order to minimize the design lifecycle altogether. Another advantage of using BIM technology is that aids in eliminating wastage of construction material which leads to lower project costs.
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