Top 4 Reasons for Adopting BIM

In the report - Smart Buildings: Top Trends to Watch in 2012 and Beyond - Pike Research, an information research company, projected that BIM revenue worldwide may increase from less than $2,000 million in 2012 to more than $6,000 million in 2020. Statistics also reveal that architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) companies are among the frontrunners in BIM adoption. According to a study by McGraw-Hill Construction, around 71 percent of the AEC companies in North America were using BIM, as of 2012. Here's a look at some major reasons why an increasing number of AEC companies are adopting BIM.

Why AEC Companies Adopt BIM

Different companies may have different reasons for adopting building information modeling technology. In our view, the following are the four main reasons for an AEC firm to adopt BIM:
  1. Reducing rework - Effective use of BIM helps to avoid clashes during construction, which eventually reduces rework and saves hundreds and thousands of dollars. BIM enables architects to build a 3D model of a project well before the actual construction starts. The architect then hands over the model to various service contractors, such as electrical contractor, plumbing contractor and HPAC contractor. Then each of these service contractors installs their service on the 3D model. If there are errors or clashes in the design, architects can identify and sort out those errors during the designing phase. This helps to reduce rework during the actual construction of a building.
  2. Creating accurate designs - Building information modeling helps to create more accurate construction drawings. Whenever a change is made in one view of a design, other views of the design change automatically. With an integrated information processing system, BIM also helps to meet documentation requirements of a project in a more organized way.
  3. Managing a project more efficiently - Success of a construction project depends largely on the effectiveness of workflow integration. Building information modeling technology can play a major role to that end. BIM helps to establish a single point of contact for different participants in a construction process. This ensures smooth and timely flow of information across all phases of a construction project.
  4. Streamlining maintenance tasks - BIM helps to complete maintenance tasks of a construction project through an integrated data exchanged model. Information related to maintenance and post-construction management is stored in the database of BIM web server. Whenever required, architects and engineers can access and update this information during the construction process. This helps streamline maintenance and other post construction tasks quickly and effectively.
With all these benefits, effective use of building information modeling technology helps improve the productivity of an AEC firm to a large extent.
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