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How Has BIM Changed the Construction Industry?

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Building information modeling, more commonly called BIM, has been nothing short of a revolution in the architecture, engineering, and construction fields. BIM has cut costs, increased project speed at all stages, and improved safety across the board. In today’s blog we’ll be going over a few of the most important ways that BIM has changed the construction industry, so read on to learn more about how BIM can improve your projects. Want to see the results of BIM construction? Visit Smarcon’s Projects page to learn more.

Building information modeling, for those not familiar, is a relatively new strategy used in AEC projects. BIM may seem like it’s some kind of new super-technology, but it’s not quite that simple. It does involve the use of new technology and software, but BIM is an all-encompassing method that revolutionizes the entire process of a construction project, from start to finish. BIM’s most defining element is advanced 3D modeling created in a shared cloud storage space that allows all involved people to operate using the same synchronized model, so each change is made and updated in real time.

The Revolution of BIM Modeling

The complete revamp of the modeling process is hands-down BIM’s most significant impact on the construction industry. Three dimensional models are nothing new in the construction industry, which has had a long history of models both on paper and in digital spaces, using computer aided design. The difference with a BIM model, however, is the density of information stored in that model. A model created using traditional methods will often only show the shape of the building, while a BIM model can include information like materials, electrical wiring, piping, and other details. Models created using building information modeling will also include a fourth dimension: time. Simply put, this means that a BIM model will have a timeline of the project attached, helping workers stay on track and better estimate a completion date. The inclusion of all elements in the model of the final building makes estimates even more precise.

Improved Cooperation with BIM 

The simultaneous nature of a BIM model is another groundbreaking addition to the workflow of construction projects. The ability to allow all workers to operate using the same model greatly reduces the need for rework, because any possible clashes will be detected before work even begins, even across trades.

Reduced Costs and Inventory Management

The new possibilities of BIM have even changed the way that construction projects are financed. Software and programs used in BIM modeling allow for the inclusion of inventory down to the finest detail, so that project managers can track costs closer than ever. The ever changing nature of BIM models allows cost estimates to change in real-time as plans change, improving final cost estimates. The improvement in clash detection saves money too, by preventing expensive rework.

BIM Modeling for the Lifespan of a Building

Models created in traditional construction projects tend to be simpler than BIM models, and are often left somewhere on a hard drive, forgotten about once the project is finished. BIM models, on the other hand, are designed to be relevant throughout the entire lifetime of the building, all the way up until demolition. This type of lifetime model makes it simple for any maintenance or additions to the building, as it can be updated as work is done, keeping the model up to date no matter how old the building is. 

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