6 Powerful Advantages of BIM

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Building Information Modelling, also known as BIM, is an intellectual model-based method that delivers insight for producing and handling building developments quicker, more economically and with less environmental impact. I’d like to take you through some of the most powerful advantages of using BIM.

Collaboration

Utilizing a sole mutual 3D model, all parties involved in the project – the client, various design professionals, suppliers and the building contractor – can collaborate much more effectively. This guarantees that all parties are engaged to try to attain the best value possible from the projects commencement to its retirement.

Predictability

Projects utilising the 3D model give the client a clear and concise visualisation of the design. Following review of the 3D model, and prior to construction, the client can request aspects to be modified to their expectations and goals. BIM allows those involved in the construction process to plan ahead in the more complicated areas.

Waste

A major advantage of using BIM is the reduction in project waste. This is due to the program calculating exact quantity take-offs. This practice does not allow for excessive material orders thus allowing savings to be made on the project’s budget.

Reduced Errors

The integration of multiple building components and assets can sometimes throw up errors due to potential interferences and sizing discrepancies. If all design professionals and component suppliers are using the BIM model, identification of potential errors prior to product manufacture and project construction can take place.

Rapid Project Delivery

Large time savings can be gained from utilising BIM. Late stage design changes can be eliminated by all parties agreeing on the concept early in the development process. Project planning and scheduling can begin at an earlier stage, allowing for exact material take-offs which can be lifted straight from the model. Complex construction methods can also be planned virtually which reduces site delays.

Entire Life Management

BIM allows for the entire life management of a project from construction to ongoing maintenance and operations. It is possible to include within the 3D model, construction diagrams and product parts lists, therefore if there’s any replacement parts required, the BIM model can produce the part number and show how it is to be fitted.

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I hope this article has shown you some of the exciting advantages that Building Information Modelling can offer and how our industry can change with this tool. This will not only reduce the cost of projects, it will also increase efficiency. For prospective home-owners, this may indeed prove to be the tool that makes home ownership an affordable reality.

So I ask you: Is there any reason NOT to use this amazing tool?

Click here for a video that can give you a visual of just how powerful BIM is.

Design Administration

Gould Design, Inc.