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. During the design process, BIM facilitates creation of digital representations of buildings by using geometry and relevant data. Utilization of software tools is one of the benefits that AEC industries have earned by using BIM technology in its operations. Improving operability between teams, better scheduling as well as effective coordination of building and construction projects are additional benefits. 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 virtual construction model is achieved even before one moves to the site of construction.
BIM helps to provide high quality as well as accurate documentation of the construction process. 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.
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. BIM provides significant data that is essential in many ways such as generating bills for construction materials which comes in handy during placing order as well as cost estimation. Building models therefore allow integration of most processes involved in a construction project.
Unlike CADD tools, those tools used in BIM are quite different. 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. Better performance predictions, cost estimates, construction planning as well as better decision making is enhanced with the model created. Since BIM is implemented during the entire building life cycle, it is used during operation as well as maintenance stages.
In order to minimize the design lifecycle, BIM technology enables creation of different components of construction prior to its implementation. Another advantage of using BIM technology is that aids in eliminating wastage of construction material which leads to lower project costs.