Significance of Building Information Modelling
AEC has been using building information modelling which is a technology that facilitates planning and effective management of construction projects. By making use of geometry and relevant data, BIM has enabled creation of digital representation of buildings to be constructed. The AEC industry has benefited a lot from this technology as they are able to utilize various software tools in order to come up with the construction designs. 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. The virtual construction model is achieved even before one moves to the site of construction.
Documentation of the entire process is usually accurate and very high quality due to BIM technology. In order for the level of interaction between contractors, engineers as well as architects to improve, the building lifecycle is significantly minimized. Any conflicts that may arise among the designers can be eliminated by using this technology as it plays a major role in coordination of the building lifecycle. 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. There is a significant reduction in number of errors and change orders with the help of this technology. BIM provides significant data that is essential in many ways such as generating bills for construction materials which comes in handy during placing order as well as cost estimation. Therefore, better integration of the construction process is enhanced for the building model.
Unlike CADD tools, those tools used in BIM are quite different. Online simulation of a construction model is what BIM mostly involves and the process provides better products that are cheaper to owners. This technology is characterized by use of coordinated computable information on a building project during design as well as construction. With the model created, there are better performance predictions, construction planning, cost estimates as well as better decision making. This kind of technology is usually implemented during the entire building life cycle which includes the maintenance and operation stages.
In order to minimize the design lifecycle, BIM technology enables creation of different components of construction prior to its implementation. BIM also plays a huge part when it comes to cutting project costs simply by eliminating wastage of construction material.