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Building information modelling

BIM not only allows design and construction teams to work more efficiently, but also allows them to capture the data they create during the process which benefits operations and maintenance activities. BIM data can also inform planning and resourcing on the project, city or country level.

Building information modelling

Building information modelling (BIM) is the star of the construction industry. It is an intelligent process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals the insight and tools to plan, design, construct more efficiently and manage buildings and infrastructure. It is an intelligent digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility.

What is the process of BIM? 

The process of BIM supports all the intelligent data that can be used throughout the lifespan of a building or an infrastructure project.

The process of BIM is as follows:

1. Plan 

Inform project planning by combining real-life data and reality capture to generate models of the existing built and natural environment.

2.  Design 

In this step, conceptual design, analyzing, detailing and documentation are performed. The preconstruction process begins with the data collected from BIM to inform scheduling and logistics.

3. Build 

During this step, the fabrications begin by using the BIM specifics. The project constitution logistics are shared with the trades and contractors to ensure optimum efficiency.

4. Operate 

BIM data can be used down the road for cost-effective renovation or efficient deconstruction too.

Why is BIM important? 

According to the United Nations, the world’s population will be 10 billion by 2050. The global architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry is responsible for delivering the social and economic spaces for the global population, and for helping maintain the buildings and infrastructure which are already in use. The industry must look to smarter, more efficient ways to design and build.

BIM not only allows design and construction teams to work more efficiently, but also allows them to capture the data they create during the process which benefits operations and maintenance activities. BIM data can also inform planning and resourcing on the project, city or country level.

Here are the top benefits of Building Information Modelling- 

1. Collaboration and information –

 Sharing and collaboration are important throughout the AEC sector. Teams can rely upon BIM’s cloud facility to ensure a smooth process when working collaboratively. All the stages of a project’s life cycle are available in the cloud. Essentially, BIM helps to co-ordinate communication and collaboration between two teams.

2. Cost effective –

 The users of BIM have a record of every step in the life cycle of the structure which helps to reduce the amount of documentation.

3. To the go – 

You can your projects with you wherever you go. You can access the vast amount of data anywhere, through any device.

4. Communication- 

 BIM offers the best flexibility when it comes to communicating designs. You can show your client any design and all the information related to it in a brief way thus improving communication between you and your clients.

5. Data security-

BIM enables auto-save and entire file history ensuring complete data security. You can ensure that no data is ever lost.

Gaining all these benefits from BIM is not just a matter of using tools and technologies. It’s also important to work with the right technology partner who will deliver these benefits and more.

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