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. The AEC industry has benefited a lot from this technology as they are able to utilize various software tools in order to come up with the construction designs. 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. The design team is able to get the design model in time before moving the project to the construction site.
Documentation of the entire process is usually accurate and very high quality due to BIM technology. In order for the level of interaction between contractors, engineers as well as architects to improve, the building lifecycle is significantly minimized. BIM has also helped in coordination of the various processes involved in the building lifecycle hence eliminating any conflicts that may arise between experts. Improved construction management is also facilitated in addition to production of accurate quantity take-offs. Implementing BIM during the design process leads to a more cost-effective project.
With the help of BIM, the 3D objects of the design can be analyzed by the computer in order to identify any errors and correct them automatically thus making this technology more superior as compared to manual drawings. There is a significant reduction in number of errors and change orders with the help of this technology. The data provided by building information modelling can be used in plenty of ways such as generate material bills which is essential during cost estimation or making orders for materials. Therefore, better integration of the construction process is enhanced for the building model.
Unlike CADD tools, those tools used in BIM are quite different. Online simulation of a construction model is what BIM mostly involves and the process provides better products that are cheaper to owners. The use of coordinated computable information on a building characterizes this technology. With the model created, there are better performance predictions, construction planning, cost estimates as well as better decision making. BIM is utilized during the entire design process and the building lifecycle which includes the 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. It also helps to cut project costs simply by eliminating the waste of construction material.