The AEC Associates Building Information Modeling promises to take the construction industry into an era of unprecedented efficiency and accuracy. Unlike what many people think, BIM is not a technology, it’s a process that aims to make the working across all the processes more efficient, faster and error-free. In essence, BIM is a digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics of the building process that offers a more complete overview of the process since it’s a shared information resource.
Building Information Modeling brings a whole new concept to the construction process. When fully implemented, it can make the building system transparent and client friendly. It offers several benefits that make it very different from and much better than all the existing building systems. Even though most professionals are still reluctant to use it, it has brought added value to the projects wherever it has been employed. Let us take a look at why BIM is better than the existing systems.
Envelopes the entire life-span of a structure:
Perhaps the greatest advantage of BIM lies in the fact that it envelopes the entire life-span of a structure from the early design conception to its demolition stage. While other building systems refuse to take any responsibility once the building is constructed or handed over to the owners/ operators, this new process is in place till the very end to help the users.
No loss of information:
Loss of information during handing over of the project from one stakeholder to the next has always been the biggest bane of every existing building process. BIM ensures that the information is safe and secure since it’s a shared resource. All the stakeholders make their inputs making the information pool comprehensive and mutually beneficial. This is particularly advantageous for the building owners who have access to the right information for taking informed decisions.
Computer software revolutionized the working of the construction industry by allowing the professionals to work in three dimensions instead of the traditional way of working in two dimensions. Now Building Information Modeling has further extended the scope by adding two more dimensions: time and cost. It allows the designers to calculate the quantities of materials and cost of construction even while they are working on the design. The process also facilitates preparing and adhering to time schedules in a more efficient manner.
BIM Modeling services can play a major role in making the construction industry more efficient and client friendly if a vertical integration of the system could be ensured across all the processes during design and actual construction of a building. Building Information Modeling is the future of the building industry in every sense.