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April 26, 2018

TO BIM, OR NOT TO BIM? THAT IS THE QUESTION

Is Building Information Modelling, or BIM, really the next greatest invention after sliced bread? Companies that make use of BIM have reported benefits for scheduling, estimation and risk analysis, more collaborative processes, and better facility management. As it gives developers the opportunity to try out solutions before building the structure on site with a constructional model, the structure can be prototyped virtually and is an effective technique for conceiving, planning and designing structures of any size and complexity.

Building Information Modeling

However, despite an increase in the number of businesses embracing BIM for their construction needs, there are companies that still experience barriers with BIM practices due to reasons like, its incompatibility with all the players involved in a project, or the cost of the software, or even, users failing to utilize BIM to the fullest due to lack of experience. Even though these reasons are true to some extent, the ‘whys and wherefores’ all organizations should accept BIM, out-weigh the minor bumps on the road mentioned above.

Working with others can be a pain point in a project due to which, buildings cost more than they should to design, build and sustain; not to mention the delivery time. Plus companies using traditional drawings and CAD drafting programs have to go through each drawing to make changes, taking valuable time and increasing the probability of user error! BIM’s capabilities of recognizing changes in 3D, allows architects to update all drawings at the same time, in turn, allowing users to focus on other important duties.

A study by NIST shows that lack of interoperability causes owners an additional cost of 15.8 billion dollars every year. The construction industry could definitely benefit from better communication and information management.


Source: http://constructible.trimble.com

Other reasons why you should use BIM software for your projects include:

BETTER PLANNING AND DESIGN: Using BIM, you can basically see in your mind’s eye, by visualizing a completed building with all its mechanisms and systems even before the first shovelful of dirt is dug on the ground. This information allows better planning and design as it takes the best advantage of available space and resources.

FEWER REWORKS: As you can design an entire building with the exact details, BIM allows you to see potential problem areas and fix them before the error is committed in the physical world – this reduces the need for costly rework and revision.

SAVINGS ON MATERIALS: Tekla Structures, one of the most distinguished BIM software today, can track and monitor resources providing detailed information on needs even before construction begins. This means the need to order extra materials, that usually goes to waste is eliminated and you can simply order supplies as and when they’re required.

SUPPORT FOR PREFABRICATION: BIM allows you and your partners to more easily prefabricate components of the project offsite, which saves time and money.

So, even though some businesses are reluctant to adopt BIM for their future projects due to lack of experience or incompatibility with other users, businesses need to understand that this isn’t something you can get at a contractor supply store and it isn’t a basic smartphone app either. It is rather a process that includes collaboration, analysis, and training so that your next construction project has fewer delays, costs less and ensures a profitable outcome.

To learn more about BIM and whether or not it can make your construction project more productive and lucrative, visit www.tekla.com/ae

 
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Imad Farid

Imad is a full-time marketer at Trimble Inc. and a part-time content creator for various digital publications. Over the years, Imad has written articles, blogs as well as created content for various videos, info-graphics, etc. for various industries. Now working for a technology provider for the construction sector, he specializes in writing and creating content for the construction industry,

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