The Ultimate Benefits of Building Information Modeling

BIM - as we all know, is a giant leap into the brave new world of 3D modeling and automation of the AEC industry. But what most of us fail to surmise is the scope and scale of BIM. Building Information Modeling is not just restricted to 3D models and automating the design function. BIM encompasses the complete building life cycle from its inception to completion, maintenance and even demolition. Here we will discuss some more benefits of BIM that are beyond the obvious.

1. Collaborative Model
As opposed to common beliefs, BIM model is not just a design instrument. A BIM model is actually the amalgamation of all models, including the architectural model, structural model for design, fabrication, erection and contractor's model for mechanical, electrical and plumbing. Thus, all project stakeholders - architects, engineers, contractor, suppliers and customers, use only a single, shared model, inculcating a collaborative approach to working.

2. Greater predictability
With better visualization techniques, owners and operators get a clear understanding of design intent at a very early stage in the project. Therefore, it allows them to revise the model as and when required to achieve the desired outcome. BIM enables the project team to adhere to a design approach so that it is capable of rehearsing intricate procedures, optimizing complex works designs and planning materials, manpower and equipment.

3. Superior performance
BIM takes the guesswork out of a construction project, thus minimizing errors and providing an accurate comparison between diverse design options. Thus, BIM helps in developing cost-effective, efficient and sustainable solutions.

4. Swift project delivery
The earlier the operators achieve consensus on the design intent, the better it is for the overall project. Apart from saving considerable time by eliminating design changes in the eleventh hour, BIM helps in faster resolution of issues and avoids clashes, which may extend the delivery timelines.

5. Cost optimization
BIM can greatly help in achieving cost effectiveness against set parameters. Greater cost optimization is made possible by using BIM intelligence to accurately estimate costs, quantities and efforts; check design integrity, along with pre fabrication and control impacts of redesign.

6. Continuous improvement
BIM fosters an environment for learning and continuous improvement as the project progresses. All members of the project team can provide feedback about the existing processes and modify the processes for enhanced project performance.

7. Better maintenance
BIM Models are not tossed aside once the project is delivered. In fact, it contains useful information that assists operators in commissioning and maintenance activities - for instance, interactive 3D plans and diagrams showing how equipment can be dissembled and reassembled for operational as well as maintenance purposes.

Some of these benefits of Building Information Modeling are well known among the AEC community but they have not yet been able to realize those benefits in real projects. In order to achieve magnified results we must magnify the usage of BIM in the industry. The degree of BIM effectiveness depends on the degree of integration of BIM in the organization's core processes and systems. With the ability of BIM to integrate new and existing assets seamlessly, every AEC company's BIM dream can be accomplished if they choose to act now.

About the Author: Hi, I'm Aliya Jennifer from BIMhub, a platform that encourages all players of the AEC industry to collaborate throughout the building life cycle from creation, maintenance, amortization and depreciation. To know more about ourBIM services, please visit our site.