In today’s world, creating can be complex and with more access to technology and crucial information, industry standards have become high. Today’s modern building and infrastructure projects require the expertise of a multidisciplinary team, a large time scale, and consideration of a range of factors from sustainability to public health and safety, investment cost and ROI. Whilst large projects can pose a mammoth task to even plan, let alone implement, Building Information Modelling is the key to any successful 21st century project.
Ready to run for the hills? Don’t be! It’s not as complicated as you might think, we’ve broken it down for you so you can find out exactly what BIM is and why it’s necessary…
Building Information modelling is an intelligent, model-based process that creates a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. It is a shared knowledge resource which provides insight and forms a reliable basis for decision making over the course of the project life-cycle, existing from conception to demolition.
Between 2007 and 2012, industry-wide adoption of BIM surged from just 28% to 71%! In 2018, those who aren’t using BIM will already be missing out on a huge range of benefits and will be creating a whole load more work for themselves.
Read on to find out who’s using it!
BIM can provide information on a huge range of aspects affecting your project. It’s used by a variety of professionals from both small and large companies including building owners, engineers, contractors, the building industry, green BIM professionals and architects.
Check out some of the specific uses below…
Myth – The transition to BIM will damage productivity.
Truth – Most projects experience a 50% productivity gain in the long run.
Myth – It’s mainly owners and contractors who benefit from BIM.
Truth – Everyone benefits! Designers can quickly establish what they’ve got to work with and can understand more about the design earlier through analysis and visualisation. Clients also get better use of resources on the project and a more predictable outcome.
Myth – Using BIM may cause more problems
Truth – BIM helps to reduce construction documentation errors and allows you to visualize even the most complex design challenges virtually to reduce conflicts and RFI’s.
Cut costs – Many impressive project plans have failed to go forward into the construction phase due to a lack of budget. BIM allows you to calculate the approximate cost of the materials and time scale of a project, meaning there’s no scary surprises half way through the construction phase.
The importance of BIM in 21st century projects in clearly evident and those who do not embrace it may fall become extinct! With competition for projects at an all-time high, it will be those who embrace the technology and utilise the resources and information we now have at hand who are most likely to succeed. Cadspec offer a comprehensive consultancy service for those who wish to embrace BIM but aren’t quite sure how to implement it.
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