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