5 Reasons Why BIM Speeds Up the Construction Process
May 10, 2012
•IADT Sacramento, Building Information Modeling, IADT General
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BIM (building information modeling) is a completely digital data model that describes every element of a building project, from the original idea to the actual operation of the building. Each element is entered to the system only once so that there is no chance of inconsistency in the ordering of parts, the representation of the building itself or the management of the entire project.
Five reasons why BIM speeds up the construction process are:
- All of the design data are included in digital files. Because each component part of the building is only entered to the system once, there is no chance that an entry error can cause an inconsistency. Exact details of each component can be included so that there is no question of fit or finish.
- Any errors or inconsistencies can be caught in the design phase rather than during actual construction. This provision makes it much easier to identify problems early in the design phase of the project. Errors that are corrected after construction starts are always more expensive to fix than if they had been caught at an earlier stage.
- The BIM system controls the ordering of product so any economies of scale are taken advantage of and just-in-time inventory control is realized. The BIM system creates complete ordering for all materials before the construction phase begins so that unusual delays for individual products can be accommodated before they affect the critical path. Because the same product may be needed for different parts of the building, a complete order can be developed before construction begins, taking advantage of reduced shipping costs and any volume discounts that may be available.
- Because each component is entered into the system only once, drawings and renderings of the building are easy to create and completely consistent. Drawings and renderings are automatically produced for all parties involved in the project. Presentation to local government bodies for approvals or re-zonings, meetings with neighbors to preclude their opposition to the project, and meetings with owners or potential occupants are all easy since individualized material can be produced at a moment’s notice.
- BIM feeds the accounting and control systems so that project management is always up to date. Finally, a building information model produces data that fits with your accounting controls and management processes. You will be completely up-to-date at every step along the way. No complex translation of data is required.
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