Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a 3D model consisting of the virtual equivalents of the actual building parts and pieces used to create a building. BIM allows us to simulate the building and understand its behavior long before the actual construction starts, and it's an incredibly useful tool in today's design world. Creating a design model in BIM will show us data related to different engineering disciplines, which can tell us about load-bearing structures, sustainability, and possible design conflicts before they become an issue. 

Additionally, a BIM model allows us to clarify necessary manpower, coordination, and anything that could affect the schedule. It also helps with budgeting and cost estimates. Data entered into a BIM model can also be used throughout the building lifecycle to help reduce operation and management costs. 

Benefits of Using BIM

  • Reduced errors and omissions
  • Reduced rework and construction cost
  • Better cost control/predictability
  • Resolve conflict between disciplines
  • Coordinated sequencing of steps, materials, and crews for a more efficient construction process
  • Improved ROI
  • Faster regulatory approval cycles
  • Produce more accurate designs with fewer errors, less waste, and closer alignment to owner’s vision
  • Increase coordination with other disciplines, improving the reliability of their designs