As Building Information Modeling, or BIM, is adopted by more and more firms, the list of benefits seems to continue to pile up. BIM is most commonly discussed in the context of the AEC industry (architecture, engineering, and construction), but this technique has shown impressively far-reaching results that seem to go beyond the scope of what you might expect. Interested in seeing how we use BIM to improve our projects? Visit Smarcon’s Projects page to learn more.
BIM is primarily a technique used in the AEC industry; rather than a single item of software or tool, BIM is a collection of techniques and strategies that improve work speed, cost efficiency, and safety. One of the greatest benefits of integrating BIM techniques into a construction project is the higher-level detail that a BIM model allows. This fine detail, of course, improves the work of contractors, subcontractors, and others working with the physical building, but it also makes it easier for non-construction professionals to understand the model.
GREATER DETAIL OF BIM MODELS
Traditional project models can be confusing to people unaccustomed to examining them. Whether they’re 2D or 3D, models created using traditional methods often require significant knowledge of the AEC industry to fully understand how the project will be executed and how the final building is intended to look. A model created using BIM is unique in that it integrates all aspects of the project, from structure to interior, and the addition of the fourth dimension means that the model displays the entire lifetime of the project. Making the model understandable by even a layperson gives the project owners a huge advantage when presenting the project to others in situations like loan negotiation, contract discussions, and investor presentations.
This high-definition that a BIM model improves the project in a number of other unexpected ways. For example, a BIM model can make it easier to display projected fire protection systems, earthquake safety measures, access control, and other safety measures that can be used in negotiations with insurance providers to help reduce premiums and improve coverage. Showing off the building in greater detail can also provide prospective tenants a better idea of how the commercial or residential spaces can fit their needs.
The lifespan of a BIM model offers long-lasting benefits that may surprise you. A model created using these techniques operates as a living document and is often created with the intent of being used throughout the lifetime of a building. These benefits may not be seen for multiple years, but they provide much greater visibility than models or schematics created using traditional methods. Further expansions, additions, or other changes to a building created using BIM techniques will be much easier to plan and execute because the building model is designed to evolve alongside the building itself.
If you’d like to learn more about how BIM works and how it can improve your projects, visit our BIM News page or contact us today!