Today, more and more construction companies are integrating building information modelling technology into construction projects, enabling decisionmakers to view projects in real-time and implement changes where necessary.
This article will take a look at what Building Information Modelling (BIM) is, and its revolutionary impact on construction in the UK.
What Is BIM?
Digital technologies have had a huge impact on the construction industry, particularly in terms of planning and project management.
Building Information Modelling (BIM) enables planners to create and manage a digital model of a building. Collaborators input information at key stages of the construction project, creating a model featuring digital descriptions of all aspects of the built asset.
BIM essentially brings together essential data on all components of the building, enabling constructors to integrate different design aspects more efficiently, reducing the risk of human error and resultant abortive costs. Construction companies can use these digital models to illustrate the entire life-cycle of a building, from inception, to completion, to demolition.
What Are the Benefits of BIM?
BIM offers several key advantages:
- BIM improves productivity by facilitating real-time design collaboration
- It lowers the risk of human error
- It speeds up project delivery though the implementation of secure, cloud-based solutions
- BIM is highly accessible, which promotes team participation, shared information and collaborative problem solving
- BIM supports workflow automation
- It offers a comprehensive catalogue of tools to plan, design and deliver sustainable and scalable civil infrastructure
- BIM enables participants to explore buildings virtually at any point in the construction process, enabling planners to better predict project outcomes and effectively manage project costs
Sahel Majali is the Chairman of the award-winning Mid Group and has extensive knowledge of the construction industry. The sector is rapidly changing thanks to advancements in digital technology, enabling companies to operate faster, more efficiently and at lower risk and cost, constructing buildings of better quality. Digital transformation has facilitated huge advancements in construction, from laser scanning, robotics and drones, to 3D printing and virtual and augmented reality.
What Is BIM Used For?
BIM is used by companies, individuals, and government agencies that plan, build and maintain buildings and diverse infrastructures. BIM is particularly useful in co-ordinating largescale planning projects – such as the construction of railways, roads, bridges, tunnels and ports – as well as building water, electricity, gas, refuse and communication utilities.
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BIM is instrumental in building design, planning and construction, but its potential applications support building lifecycle management processes and facility operation. For example, BIM can be used to trace water valves if there is a leak in a building. Furthermore, it can provide precise specifications, such as valve size, part number, and manufacturer, enabling swift and easy resolution of problems that, if left unchecked, could cause catastrophic damage to a building.
BIM is also used in green buildings, enabling construction companies to reduce the environmental impact and improve building sustainability. Architects and engineers use BIM to analyse the environmental impact of a building throughout the course of its lifecycle.
BIM has revolutionized the way buildings are designed, constructed and maintained, streamlining construction by enabling planners to manage the project digitally. BIM is used all over the world. It is user friendly, speedy and reliable. It allows constructors to accurately plot the cost of a building project from start to finish. BIM automates processes, reduces the risk of human error, and ultimately streamlines building planning and maintenance.