There are probably as many perceptions of Building Information Modelling (BIM), as there are BIM users – or aspirants. Why is that? Probably because the all-embracing idea of BIM relates to so many different stakeholders and provide specific benefits to each of them. So, what really is BIM?
Well, it is not just a 3D visualisation of a building. Rather, BIM is structured information tied to geometries – a digital representation of a building that explains how everything is related and secures that it all fits together. Everything from building spaces and systems down to specific products in the spaces. Using BIM is a way of working that improves processes and coordination of everything related to this information. Accordingly, it is a collaborative tool for all parties involved in construction – from architects and technical consultants to building teams and suppliers, all the way to the future property managers.
Actually, BIM is the red thread or the DNA of a construction project. It applies to a building’s entire life cycle, from the first conceptual idea to final demolition.
Why should I use BIM?
Simply because BIM creates a greater value to all!
Architects and engineers
Architects and engineers have always had difficulties in coordinating their many different disciplines during the design of a building project. With BIM the stages of design are shifting from document-based project phases to a more collaborative, model-based approach. In this way every discipline can contribute early in the design process when important decisions such as building orientation and selection of major building materials need to be made.
The building team has access to full material information during construction. Not only visualisations, but also the full specifications on how to install and maintain.
Today’s construction projects are extremely complex. BIM brings together all information about every component of a building and makes it possible for anyone to access that information for any purpose. By signalling conflict detection BIM prevents errors creeping in at the various stages of development or construction. In this way, the risk of mistakes or discrepancies is reduced, and abortive costs are minimised.
Owner / property manager
BIM provides information on how to manage and maintain the building. Also, the information is valuable when reconstructing or refurbishing.
As I see it, BIM is a means for improving profitability and efficiency for all parties during a building’s life cycle by digitising and utilise technology and collaborative way of work. Another way to put it: BIM takes construction into the 21st century. Welcome!
If you want to discuss BIM further, you are more than welcome to contact us.