Building Information Modelling, BIM, is being used by a growing number of architects, engineers and contractors in order to make the design and construction of buildings better, faster and more cost efficient. In this series we will look into how an investment into BIM will help reduce costs and improve efficiency throughout a building’s lifecycle from the design phase to construction and finally to facility management.
An investment into BIM will deliver cost savings to building owners throughout the building’s lifecycle. Here are some of the ways in which BIM processes help lower the lifetime cost of a building during construction.
During the construction phase, the first fruits of early BIM collaboration are ripe to be picked. A well thought out BIM planning will enable better project coordination throughout the construction phase, where errors or delays in scheduling can result in high costs. Any issues in the scheduling of people, material deliveries, or construction activities can result in work stoppages and may have cumulative effects in the subsequent steps of a construction project.
All building owners know that fluent communication between stakeholders during construction is critical to success, yet also a constant challenge. Incorporating BIM methods greatly improves the exchange of information between stakeholders both limiting the amount of unexpected changes and enabling fast and clear information sharing when issues do appear. By improving communication, BIM has a direct impact on construction time and cost.
In the discipline of software engineering, prototype versions are developed, tested and modified, repeating the process multiple times in fast succession to unroot issues as early as possible. In the world of construction, the only way to adopt the benefits of this approach is with a detailed BIM model. For example, when the BIM model includes real product data according to manufacturer specifications, network simulations can be run on the MEP systems of the building. This enables a project to be designed, tested, and modified before moving to construction where any “fix it in the field” work can easily force costs to spiral out of control.
Read more in our new white paper: Using BIM to lower the lifetime cost of a building