Why BIM is Important
BIM which refers to building information modelling is a technique that has been adopted in the AEC industry that helps to plan and manage projects effectively. During the design process, BIM facilitates creation of digital representations of buildings by using geometry and relevant data. Utilization of software tools is one of the benefits that AEC industries have earned by using BIM technology in its operations. BIM also helps to improve the operability between construction teams, effective coordination of construction projects as well as better scheduling. BIM helps the design team which mainly consists of architects, engineers and surveyors to come up with a virtual information model which they pass on to contractors to implement. The virtual construction model is achieved even before one moves to the site of construction.
With the help of BIM, the documentation ofthe construction process is usually high quality and accurate. 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. 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. Besides production of accurate quantity take-offs, BIM also helps to provide improved construction management during the entire process. Projects that done with the aid of BIM technology tend to be more accurate and cost-effective as well.
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. This helps to reduce the number of errors and change orders due to this capability of the technology. 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 tools differ from those used in CADD. BIM mostly involves online simulation of a construction model and the processes provide better products at a much cheaper cost to owners. 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. BIM is utilized during the entire design process and the building lifecycle which includes the operation as well as maintenance stages.
In order to minimize the design lifecycle, BIM technology enables creation of different components of construction prior to its implementation. It also helps to cut project costs simply by eliminating the waste of construction material.