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. By making use of geometry and relevant data, BIM has enabled creation of digital representation of buildings to be constructed. Utilization of software tools is one of the benefits that AEC industries have earned by using BIM technology in its operations. BIM also helps to improve the operability between construction teams, effective coordination of construction projects as well as better scheduling. 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.
Documentation of the entire process is usually accurate and very high quality due to BIM technology. Reduction of the building lifecycle is implemented with this technology which helps to improve the level of interaction among engineers, architects as well as contractors. It also helps in coordination during the various stages of the building lifecycle which helps to eliminate any conflicts between the experts. Another added benefit of BIM is that there is improved construction management as well as 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.
BIM technology tends to be more superior as compared to manual drawings since 3D objects are quite machine readable hence any errors or conflicts in a building model can be identified and corrected automatically. This helps to reduce the number of errors and change orders due to this capability of the technology. During cost estimation and placing orders for materials, contractors use the data provided by BIM to generate bills for the materials. Building models therefore allow integration of most processes involved in a construction project.
BIM tools differ from those used in CADD. Online simulation of a construction provides better products to owners that are more affordable which is what BIM mostly involves. The use of coordinated computable information on a building characterizes this technology. Creation of the model enhances better decision making, construction planning, performance predictions as well as cost estimates. Since BIM is implemented during the entire building life cycle, it is used during operation as well as maintenance stages.
Before its implementation, BIM technology enhances creation of different components of the construction in order to minimize the design lifecycle altogether. BIM also plays a huge part when it comes to cutting project costs simply by eliminating wastage of construction material.