Building information modeling (BIM) has been one of the major developments in the field of architecture and construction in the last decade. The innovation goes beyond just being a technological solution for 3D rendering — BIM is a full set of processes and procedures for managing all aspects of a construction project. As a result, project managers can properly manage resources, design, risk, and more.
BIM software like Revit or BIM 360 is not only useful during the planning and design stages of a construction project. In fact, it provides benefits for each phase of a project’s life cycle — from conception to exploitation. In this article, we will outline the top eight benefits of using BIM software for your construction project, no matter its size, scope, or function.
Benefits Of BIM In Construction Projects
1. Detailed Project Visualization
One of the biggest benefits of BIM is perhaps the most obvious one — it allows project managers to accurately visualize the project before construction even begins. What is even better, it allows salespeople to start offering the property to clients using detailed presentations.
Using BIM-generated models allows you to better conceptualize the project and make changes before the actual construction is underway. As you might expect, project managers can save quite a lot of time and money in this way.
2. Better Clash Detection
Proper clash detection is essential when planning a construction project. With BIM software, you can accurately predict any internal, external, or MEP clashes that might occur.
BIM 360, for example, even has automated clash detection that makes the process quite easy and streamlined. You will be able to make the needed adjustments and planning before construction resumes.
All project managers know how much of a nuisance last-minute changes and reworks can be on-site. Using BIM software will solve those problems for you.
3. Accurate Cost Estimates
Calculating costs for a future project can be quite a time-consuming and arduous task. On top of that, the margins of error can be big, which causes additional stress for both project managers and stakeholders.
Fortunately, BIM software has spawned the so-called model-based cost estimating (5D BIM) which automatically quantifies and applies costs on all aspects of a construction project. Project managers are left with more time to focus on other essential parts of the planning, design, and execution process.
4. Risk Mitigation
BIM software can help with all types of risk associated with a construction project — financial risk, worker safety, design risk and even scheduling problems. Essentially, BIM tools can be used to ensure the integrity of every step in the overall process. Accurate 3D modeling helps mitigate risk in the design phase as it clearly visualizes the project and helps pinpoint potential flaws.
BIM solutions that are based on cloud infrastructure also help during the construction phase itself, by synchronizing and providing all needed information, reports, and data to managers and workers alike. On top of that, BIM software assists when it comes to meeting safety regulations and identifying potential hazards on the construction site.
5. Optimized Construction Schedule
Another great benefit of using BIM tools is that they are of immense help when it comes to reducing scheduling setbacks and optimizing the length of the project cycles as a whole.
Since all documentation and information is stored in one synchronized platform, it becomes much easier to accurately plan and communicate your timetable to everyone involved.
Coordination is key when it comes to meeting deadlines and BIM provides you with the tools you need to keep everyone in the loop regarding any and all changes.
6. Improved Communication and Collaboration
As we already mentioned, BIM software works wonders when it comes to keeping the team on the same page and helping them communicate efficiently. Complex 3D models carry more information than paper drawings ever could, which makes life easier for managers, stakeholders, and on-site workers alike.
On top of that, cloud technology makes up-to-date information regarding the project available to everyone at all times. As a result, people involved in the project can collaborate with ease and work in the most optimal way.
7. Safer On-Site Working Conditions
Any construction project comes with a certain amount of safety concerns when it comes to the working site itself. Ensuring the safety of all workers is essential and BIM can help managers plan each aspect of the work process. It allows you to detect and mitigate potential hazards on time.
Furthermore, it also reduces physical risk by giving you the tools to accurately plan logistics from early on. BIM software is invaluable when it comes to safety evaluation, which makes it a must for every construction project.
8. Improved Facility Management
BIM models and data can be of use even after the building is finished and already in exploitation. Facility managers can use the continuously updated information to do their work more efficiently.
BIM data can be easily integrated with facility management software, allowing for easy building handover and renovation work. Essentially, BIM tools can be effectively used for the entire lifecycle of a building.
BIM software solutions have revolutionized the field of architecture and construction. The way such projects are executed is radically changed, as BIM tools help optimize all stages of a project — from initial planning and design to construction and operation.
As you can see, such software products simply offer too much in the way of benefits to not be utilized for any project, no matter its size. The use of BIM tools is no longer optional — it is a requirement in modern construction work.
About the Author
Roger Liucci is a senior BIM specialist at Microsol Resources, an Autodesk Platinum Partner in their New York office. He has provided BIM implementation, support, and training to architectural, engineering, and construction firms for over 20 years. Roger is particularly interested in the interaction between design and technology innovation as it relates to digital fabrication and cloud computing. Among his software specialties include Autodesk Revit, Navisworks, 3ds Max Design and Rhino.