5 Fundamentals of BIM for Improved Design and Construction


Companies in the A/E/C industry using Building Information Modeling (BIM) software are seeing its benefits and strong returns on investment. BIM is more than a 3D model; it’s an important tool for improved design and construction—increasing efficiency and minimizing risk. Here are 5 fundamentals of BIM that lead to a better and more valuable project for owners.

1. Visualization
BIM provides a 3D virtual model of a project that enables owners to visually understand how a building will be constructed.  Instead of the traditional 2D plans that have been used in the past, owners can better visualize the project and, as a result, give better feedback on what they want. It also allows owners and all players involved to entirely conceptualize a building before construction even begins—minimizing change orders during construction and saving time and money.

2. Quantification
BIM software generates real time values for any design changes that an owner or architect wishes to make. It can also analyze information to detect cost overruns and wasted effort. This leads to a more efficient project that stays on budget and on schedule.

3. Communication
Collaboration and communication between all players involved in a project is essential for the utilization of BIM. It allows for each player to share and update information in real time—streamlining information and integrating workflow.

BIM also helps increase communication and understanding with potential stakeholders. High quality, digital mock-ups can be created to give potential stakeholders a clear picture of what a building will look like and how it will impact the surrounding areas. With a better understanding of the project, stakeholders are more likely to buy-in.

4. Coordination
One of the most valuable aspects of BIM is its clash detection and resolution ability.  With its enhanced system integration, BIM is able to analyze the information from multiple systems, such as the mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems, and detect if there will be any potential clashes or issues. This is extremely valuable to the project team as it saves money in change orders later in the project that can be very costly. By being able to detect these issues before construction begins, it also helps keep the project on schedule by preventing potential setbacks.

5. Simulation
BIM is able to create a 4D simulation of the construction schedule—allowing all players involved to have a better understanding of the entire construction process visually. It also helps with determining the logistics of the schedule and preparing for the construction phase of the project.

These 5 fundamentals of BIM are changing the A/E/C industry in a way that increases collaboration and project efficiency.  By utilizing BIM software, Hourigan can provide higher quality work with minimal risk—on time and on budget.

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