Building Information Modeling (BIM) is an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals the insight and tools to efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings infrastructure. This new powerful 3D coordination tool enables teams to dramatically reduce risk through virtual design and construction. The top 10 benefits of BIM are:
1. Improve Collaboration & Communication.
Digital cloud-based BIM models enable sharing and collaboration across all disciplines teams working within the project improving coordination, something that paper drawing sets fall short. Easy access to the cloud allows project teams to take the office to the field, where they can instantly review up-to-date drawings and models onsite.
2. Model-Based Cost Estimation
Many AEC firms agree that including estimators earlier in the planning stage allows a more effective construction cost estimation. With BIM, now it is easier to quantify and apply the respective costs helping estimators to focus earlier on the higher value factors, such as construction assemblies and factoring risks.
3. Pre-construction Project Visualization
BIM is a powerful tool that helps plan and visualize the entire project during the pre-construction phase, before the shovel hits the ground. With 3D visualizations of the project spaces, the client is offered the ability to make changes before construction. This provides a greater overview from the beginning which will minimize expensive and time-consuming changes later.
4. Improved Coordination and Clash Detection
BIM allows better coordination for trades and subcontractors by detecting any MEP, internal, or external conflict before construction begins. Will the AHU conduits conflict with a steel beam? Will the doorways have enough clearance? These are serious issues that will require last-minute and expensive changes if the construction is already underway. This 3D modeling tool helps avoid these conflicts at an earlier stage, reducing the amount of rework needed on the project.
5. Reduced Cost and Mitigated Risk
Many companies that adopted BIM have reported positive returns on their investments. This tool can help you save money in an infinite number of ways. Having a closer collaboration with contractors can reduce risks, lower insurance costs, and minimize overall variations of the project. Obtaining a better overview at earlier stages will allow more prefabrication that will reduce the waste on unused materials rather than doing it on-site. Labor costs spent on documentation work and miscommunications are reduced.
With an increasing number of team members using project data, real-time collaboration and single document repository reduces the risk of any company using outdated information. The right information must be available at the right time to successfully complete a quality project.
6. Improved Scheduling/Sequencing
In the same way that this technology saves money, it will also save time by reducing the time consumed in project cycles and eliminating construction schedule setbacks. BIM allows parallel design and documentation processes. Schedules can be planned more accurately so that communication and coordination is improved, and the project can be completed on-time or even early.
7. Increased Productivity and Prefabrication
BIM data can be used to generate production drawings or databases for manufacturing purposes, increasing the ability to use prefabricated materials and modular construction technology which decreases in-site waste. This will be more efficient by reducing labor and material costs.
8. Safer Construction Sites
Another of the benefits of BIM is that it can improve construction safety by helping pinpoint hazards early and avoid physical risks using 3D visualizations. Planning site logistics ahead of time will ensure security for the workers and the development of the project.
9. Better Builds
An increase in reliability of a coordinated model leads to a greater building quality. Sharing common BIM tools will help team members work together with builders through all phases of the project, providing a better control over technical decisions during the design stages. Also with 3D visualizations, it is easier to choose better design aesthetics such as the flow of natural light into the building.
10. Stronger Facility Management and Building Handover
The information of a model can also empower future operations of the building once the construction is over. This accurate database will help management facilities and renovators for the entire lifecycle of the building. It can also be sent into existing building maintenance software for post-occupancy use.
Building Information Modeling (BIM) has become an invaluable tool with an abundance of benefits for the construction industry. Projects using BIM have a greater chance of success by maximizing the effectiveness of every stage of the project’s lifecycle and beyond.