The Role of BIM in AEC industry
Building information modelling better known as BIM simply is a technique that is being used in the AEC industry which helps to plan and manage construction projects effectively. BIM technology has enabled creation of digital representation of buildings by using relevant data and geometry. Utilization of software tools is one of the benefits that AEC industries have earned by using BIM technology in its operations. 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. The design team is able to get the design model in time before moving the project to the construction site.
BIM helps to provide high quality as well as accurate documentation of the construction process. 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. Another added benefit of BIM is that there is improved construction management as well as production of accurate quantity take-offs. 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. There is a significant reduction in number of errors and change orders with the help of this technology. 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 tools differ from those used in CADD. Online simulation of a construction model is what BIM mostly involves and the process provides better products that are cheaper to owners. The use of coordinated computable information on a building characterizes this technology. Creation of the model enhances better decision making, construction planning, performance predictions as well as cost estimates. Since BIM is implemented during the entire building life cycle, it is used during operation as well as maintenance stages.
BIM enables creation of different components of construction in order to reduce the design lifecycle before its implemented. BIM also plays a huge part when it comes to cutting project costs simply by eliminating wastage of construction material.