The Role of BIM in AEC industry
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. 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. Some of the additional benefits that come with this kind of technology includes better scheduling, improving operability between teams as well as coordination of the construction projects. 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. 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. BIM has also helped in coordination of the various processes involved in the building lifecycle hence eliminating any conflicts that may arise between experts. 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. Due to this capability of BIM, any errors and change orders in the building model are identified and reduced. During cost estimation and placing orders for materials, contractors use the data provided by BIM to generate bills for the materials. Building models therefore allow integration of most processes involved in a construction project.
BIM makes use of tools that are quite different unlike those used in CADD. Online simulation of a construction provides better products to owners that are more affordable which is what BIM mostly involves. This technology is characterized by use of coordinated computable information on a building project during design as well as construction. 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.
BIM enables creation of different components of construction in order to reduce the design lifecycle before its implemented. It also helps to cut project costs simply by eliminating the waste of construction material.