BIM: The Building Revolution

Posted by: Admin | Posted on: February 12th, 2013

BIM ModelingKnown as ”Virtual Building” and ”Integrated Project Model”, Building Information Modeling (BIM) has revolutionised the way architects and engineers deal with building projects today. They cross the bridge even before it is constructed and count the chickens much before they hatch!

BIM software is to be credited for this as it extends support throughout the building lifecycle. It has walked step by step with architects and engineers rendering assistance not only in project and construction management but also in cost management and facility operation.

BIM For Architects and Engineers:

With BIM, the objects are actually defined parametrically. Any change in a related object will mean that the other dependent objects will automatically change too.BIM brings in accuracy, efficiency and co-ordination in projects.

Thinking of a complex curvilinear roof for your building project or that exquisite shape you dreamt about yesterday…..? March ahead with BIM and make it a reality!

How does BIM work with you, for you:

A model-based design displayed to your client encourages more engagement on his part and leave space for experimentation with new innovative designs too. You can decide in the design stage itself as to how you will proceed with day lighting or use renewable materials.

BIM gives you the luxury to focus through each stage of design and development, clarify doubts and move ahead iteratively, balancing client requests with site constraints and requirements and choosing the best available options.

BIM helps in team-work too. All the members of the team are conversant with minute details of the design and development of the building project.

  • Every team member has access to latest version of design.
  • There is co-ordination between team members.
  • Any change made updates the central database for others to analyse accordingly.(There can be a single database or a series of databases which are inter-linked).
  • Easy tracking of project information.
  • The union with BIM lasts throughout the project lifecycle.(You can swear by BIM to get your client!).
  • Once your design , planning, conflict checking and updates of records are in place, BIM helps in saving costs by proper utilisation of materials.
  • Experience and knowledge from previous projects can be reused in later ones saving effort and time and non-repetition of errors too.
  • All the mistakes can be made and corrected by team members off-site on the ”virtual” facility. For instance, there can be discussion between team members about electrical design or day lighting or even energy analysis of the prospective building project(that is, Integrated Project Delivery-IPD).
  • Projects can be delivered faster using BIM due to collaborative efforts between architects and engineers.

Thus, with BIM, you can deliver innovative and successful projects for your clients. It’s like creating your building model in the virtual world and see it shine in the real world!