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Building Information modeling: The Guide to Accuracy

Social News 24,May, 2021


Building information Modeling (BIM) has become a term, rather ubiquitous among professionals in the industry. With its first establishment dating back to 1992, the use and application of this complex innovation, has diversified. Among the most crucial and necessary aspects of a construction project stand two things: time and resource allocation. Often times, government and mid-to-large sized corporations are not willing to afford unnecessary expenses and downtime. Many also have concerns regarding manpower, site safety and energy expenditure. With the implementation of BIM systems, leading firms around the world have been able to calibrate the availability of their resources and time allocation to the requirements of the project.


BIM in essence, is much more than a technology; it is rather a contributory addition to any project that enables effectively monitoring intrinsic and physical properties of a building as an object-oriented model connected to a database. This therefore, enables architects and contractors to view building plans in three-dimensional models. It is an essential interactive tool that enables stakeholders to engage with different elements of the project. Contrary to traditional methods, it is undoubtedly a time-saver.


5 ways BIM systems maximize efficiency within projects


1. Minimize unnecessary expenses:

BIM systems help produce a more accurate estimate of expenses involved in a project. Architects and contractors can now access a variety of BIM tools such as 360 docs, that help them monitor and estimate costs related to materials, shipping, manpower. This helps them make more informed decisions related to resource allocations. The ability to create designs in a controlled environment also further helps reduce wastes and minimizes unexpected expenses.


2. Quality over everything:

Due to the level of accuracy BIM systems offer, it also helps generate more precise calculations and models. This in turn leads to higher quality structures. The BIM software is inclusive of five types of visualization classified under: 3D, 4D, 5D, 6D and 7D. Based on requirements, the user can customize their view using the above dimensions. Furthermore, it also enables clients to interact with model and visualize the final result of the project.


3. Transparency and Team Collaboration:

One of the most beneficial contributions of the BIM software is its ability boost workflow efficiency. BIM has also proven improved communication among stakeholders involved, such as architects, clientele, contractors and other relevant parties. The ability to integrate data and store it one place ensures ease of access. Moreover, tackling possible complications before project is initiated can come in handy to predict hazards and safety issues. The use of Building Information Modeling on-site is also a factor that should not be underestimated, as it helps readjust plans based on new revelations and avoid clashes.


4. Safety:

More and more corporations are implementing these systems to also enhance job-site safety. The user’s access to a bird’s-eye view helps produce a more strategic approach to possible safety issues that may arise through the course of the project.  In addition to this,  BIM also reduces the need for rework and revisions. Reworks have often been associated with workers involved in non-fatal injuries due to their tendency to carry out tasks in haste or rush through in order to avoid further delays. By enforcing BIM tools, the need for these reworks can be significantly reduced while avoiding any time delays.


5. Modular Construction:

What many corporations will undoubtedly experience while implementing BIM in modular construction is the significantly improved schedule performance, minimized expenses and and outstanding project quality. The ease of access is especially pertinent to modular buildings as the ability to share information among all stakeholders ensures that all parties are on track. AAs outlined earlier, the ability to possible future complications and revaluate is what keeps the added expenses at bay. Furthermore, according to Modular.org  many more industries are no confidently applying BIM tools within their projects and the market forecasts an expected increase of 99% among all BIM users to use these features for modular construction until 2024.