The Role of BIM in AEC industry
AEC has been using building information modelling which is a technology that facilitates planning and effective management of construction projects. During the design process, BIM facilitates creation of digital representations of buildings by using geometry and relevant data. This technology has made a positive impact in this industry as there are benefits such as utilizationof software tools. Some of the additional benefits that come with this kind of technology includes better scheduling, improving operability between teams as well as coordination of the construction projects. With the help of BIM services, the design team consisting of engineers, surveyors, architects among others are able to get a virtual information model to pass to contractors to 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. The building lifecycle is also significantly minimized in order to increase the level of interaction between architects, contractors as well as engineers. BIM has also helped in coordination of the various processes involved in the building lifecycle hence eliminating any conflicts that may arise between experts. Improved construction management is also facilitated in addition to 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. This technology therefore plays a big part in integration of all processes essential in a construction project.
Unlike CADD tools, those tools used in BIM are quite different. Online simulation of a construction provides better products to owners that are more affordable which is what BIM mostly involves. 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. BIM is utilized during the entire design process and the building lifecycle which includes the 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.