What Is BIM?
BIM or Building Information Modelling is a process for creating and managing information on a construction project across the project lifecycle. One of the key outputs of this process is the Building Information Model, the digital description of every aspect of the built asset.
The construction sector has long been searching for innovative methods to use technology to produce products more quickly, better, and more affordable. One of the most fascinating technologies to enter the mainstream in recent years is building information modeling or BIM. In the upcoming few years, BIM will likely become more and more prevalent in construction projects.
Virtual simulations can be created using building information modeling for planning, design, and construction. BIM’s 3D visuals, time models, and cost models are quickly displacing conventional 2D planning.
The top advantages of BIM for construction management are listed below.
- Informs Sequencing And Scheduling For Construction
The ability to plan and simulate the construction process electronically is another important advantage of BIM for construction management. This enables several choices to be tested before the work is started and can assist in determining the best building sequence for complex projects. It is also helpful for estimating how long each building task will take, allowing for the creation of an exact construction timetable. An ideal foundation for a LEAN construction process is provided by BIM.
- Improves the process of completion and handover
Using BIM for construction management enables contractors to have an accurate, up-to-date record of the construction phase rather than depending on revising as-built drawings. Building information is centralized and made readily available for facilities management workers by updating the information in the BIM model as the work progresses. The asset’s whole life cycle, including any upcoming renovations or demolition work, as well as its ongoing operation and maintenance, can be covered by the model. This can be a substantial time saver for contracts that include a building operation component.
- Enhances Construction Cost Predictions
With BIM, the project’s 3D model includes all relevant project information, such as materials, products, and performance requirements. Contractors can easily compute the quantities by generating a quantity report rather than engaging in a separate, time-consuming take-off activity. In comparison to using 2D drawings, establishing a cost estimate for project tendering is faster, quicker, and more accurate when the quantities and specification information are directly extracted from the model. Exporting data into tendering or estimating programs is also made simple and trustworthy by using BIM software with openBIM data exchange APIs.
- Validates a Design’s Constructability
The main BIM component, 3D models, has benefits for the construction phase, particularly when the building design or the site circumstances are complicated. It is simpler to choose the ideal method of construction when you can visualize the finished product. Before the project starts being built, it can also assist in locating any potential conflicts between different parts, stages, trades, or even site features. With the use of BIM models, site logistics such as temporary machine storage areas, office buildings, construction materials, cranes, support structures, and temporary roads may be better planned and understood. It is possible to contrast many choices until a workable resolution is identified. For a more timely and cost-effective construction phase, having this knowledge before work on the site starts helps eliminate redesign or rework while the project is being built.
Contractors can reduce risks in advance for greater efficiency during construction by having access to precise information from the BIM model. Using BIM enables contractors to reduce costs and schedules while maintaining quality, and it guarantees that profit margins are preserved on every assignment.
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