Is Building Information Modeling (BIM) revolutionizing the AEC industry?


Been hearing about BIM a lot? Wondering why engineers and tech geeks keep talking about BIM? Is it really the big thing they all state it to be? Before we get into answering all these questions and by the end of this article let’s see what do you think.

 

What is BIM? Is it a software?

 

According to Autodesk, “BIM (Building Information Modeling) is an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure.”

 

Is it a software? No, it is not. I would like to define BIM as an intelligent process that can help engineers in the pre-construction phase, construction phase and in the post-construction phase of any construction project.

BIM to a civil engineer/ architect would be what Jarvis is for Ironman ;)

 

Why all the fuss about BIM?

The infrastructural growth and development have been at its zenith since the last decade. Engineers and architects were finding it difficult to cope up with the rise in demand for smart designs and solutions to challenging design problems. The need for sustainable construction when clubbed was too much for the engineers to handle.

The traditional methods and practices engineers and architects followed till date started being inefficient to cope up with today's need. They needed something that was revolutionary and reliable. Something they could look up to for solutions, just like how Ironman would ask Jarvis.

 

That’s how BIM was formulated and it became the one-step solution engineers and architects were desperate for.

Let’s have a look at the 5 basic advantages of implementing BIM in a project.

 

#1 Better visualizing and planning:

This is certainly the key to almost every problem that may happen in a construction project. Unlike the conventional 3D models, the BIM models contain a lot of data and a 3D virtual model of the building. Which facilitates better visualizing of the features of a building even before the construction begins.

 

The increasing number of simulation tools that are available in the market has made it possible to visualize even the minute details like sunlight during different seasons, heating loads during the different seasons. These simulation software packages can do much more than this facilitating the engineers in constructing efficient buildings.

 

#2 Reduces labour, time and money:

BIM provides the various stakeholders involved a platform for effective collaboration thereby reducing the need for rework and duplication of drawings required. Unlike the conventional 2D drawings BIM tools are faster and are connected to a database. The database makes the whole process of material take off faster and precise. The fast and precise counting of BIM tools offers can save a lot of time, money and valuable resources aiding in achieving sustainability.

 

#3 improved collaborations:

BIM is a live model which means it provides a better platform for collaboration among the different stakeholders involved. The main reason for this is because every stakeholder involved in a project work on the live model rather on an individual set of drawings. Any change made to one part of the model will automatically be reflected on the other sections.

For e.g. A change made in MEP design will be reflected in the teams handling HVAC and structural elements to avoid a clash in the future stages of the design on at the workplace.

 

#4 Easy resolving of conflicts

BIM-based clash detection and resolution are by far the most effective and efficient method. The BIM tools help in automatic clash detection between the various elements involved in a building. For e.g. electrical conduit or ductwork that run into a beam. Every aspect of a building structural, architectural, electrical, MEP, HVAC, Façade are all individually modelled and clash detection is done on these individual elements. By resolving any conflicts before reaching the construction site can help in saving a lot of time, money and resources.

 

#5 Easy to present

Having an easily presentable 3D model can surely make the life of engineers and architects a lot easier. It is not so common in their life to present the plans of building to someone who lacks technical knowledge. The availability of an intelligent 3D model can make it easy for them to convey the project scope, steps and outcome to the stakeholders.

 

These are not the only advantages BIM possess, advantages of BIM are innumerable. BIM is truly the revolution happening in today’s AEC sector and the key to solving every problem in a construction project.

 

By now you might have understood that, BIM truly has revolutionized the AEC industry and why engineers and architects are going crazy about BIM.

 

 

Author Bio: K. Shakti Prasad is a budding content writer working with Advenser engineering services. A company offering BIM services in the AEC industry He has more than 5 years of experience in working as a freelance writer for various blogs and websites. During his leisure hours, he spends time with his friends apart from spending some quality time alone in reading, writing, cooking and sharing good thoughts.

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01 Oct 2018


By K. Shakti Prasad
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