Significance of Building Information Modelling
AEC has been using building information modelling which is a technology that facilitates planning and effective management of construction projects. BIM technology has enabled creation of digital representation of buildings by using relevant data and geometry. This technology has made a positive impact in this industry as there are benefits such as utilizationof software tools. BIM also helps to improve the operability between construction teams, effective coordination of construction projects as well as better scheduling. 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. Even before moving to the site of construction, the design team is able to get a virtual construction model of the project.
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. Improved construction management is also facilitated in addition to production of accurate quantity take-offs. Implementing BIM during the design process leads to a more cost-effective project.
Unlike manual drawings, BIM is more superior as it uses 3D objects that can be read by the computer and any errors in a building model can be quickly identified and corrected automatically. This helps to reduce the number of errors and change orders due to this capability of the technology. BIM provides significant data that is essential in many ways such as generating bills for construction materials which comes in handy during placing order as well as cost estimation. This technology therefore plays a big part in integration of all processes essential in a construction project.
BIM makes use of tools that are quite different unlike 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. This kind of technology is usually implemented during the entire building life cycle which includes the maintenance and operation 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.