Improving Construction with BIM (Building Information Modeling)
Building Information Modeling is a virtual way of constructing, testing and pricing a construction project before a shovel ever touches the ground. The BIM Process is a major step in construction technology as it aids in increased efficiency both during construction and building operation, improves construction quality and shortens the duration of construction. These advantages in turn reflect in a better product and a better price point with overall lifecycle efficiency.
The multi-dimensional aspects of BIM link and correlate multiple layers of information including object properties, graphic components, database entries, specifications, costs, schedules, contracts, warranties and maintenance information. BIM has the capacity to do simulations and sustainability tests to the building before it is even constructed. Building challenges can be addressed and fixed prior to the building being constructed.
3Dimentional BIM helps create a realistic computer model of the building significant in the design phase to evaluate building aesthetics and layout for operational efficiency. Benefits include marketing the intent of the project and the ability to conduct virtual tours throughout the model. This enables better decisions to be made by examining space layout, program logistics, and operational efficiency in a way that 2 Dimensional Drawings never could. Additionally this model allows the design and construction team to inspect the constructability and building details to ensure sufficient space and quality installation.
4Dimensional BIM incorporates construction scheduling and phasing all into a single time sequence to illustrate how your project will be built. This is helpful in identifying what needs to be accomplished and when and shows owners and subcontractors how the project is to be executed.
5Dimensional BIM measures the cost throughout the duration of construction to help manage cash flow. The 5dimensional model helps to understand the cash flow and expenditures throughout the construction process. It can also aid in value engineering if required on the project.
Operationally BIM has the ability to conduct full building assessments, data gathering, asset tracking, and custom maintenance record creation for your facility. The model can be incorporated into your Building Management System (BMS) for Mechanical Maintenance and repair, as well as help track inventory items through object tagging in the model. BIM can become your primary tool to identify what items were serviced, its exact location, and when.