08.01.2020 | By Arlinda Sipilä

Why use BIM?

BIM is used to improve the efficiency of the construction process, reduce waste during the construction and to improve the quality and the efficiency of the buildings.

Many advanced industries have championed the concept of “Failing Fast.” That is, experimenting and trying new things – even if the first time around means failure – leading to another iteration and eventual success. In the high-stakes world of building and construction, this concept only works in the digital realm. Planning a build before any machinery hits the ground is the only way to “Fail Fast.” It’s not possible to experiment with bricks and mortar, and still survive in an environment typified by time and financial pressure, rapid deadlines, large and distributed working teams, and huge fiscal borrowing.

With traditional methods of construction, where teams move from one phase to another in the project, some information is lost from the previous phase. With BIM, information is collected digitally to be available when it is needed, wherever it is needed, by whomever it is needed. Adopting BIM means establishing a continuous flow of information. Every phase of the building process – from early planning and design, to construction, operation, maintenance and final recycling – is captured, digitally. This opens new possibilities for better efficiency, accuracy, collaboration and cooperation between the parties involved in the built. We live in an age of great automation. Every business process is digitalised, and every decision is driven by data. The World Economic Forum has pronounced this a “Fourth Industrial Revolution,” where connected machines, feeding from data, will exponentially transform processes in every industry.

Top 10 Reasons for Implementing BIM

  1. Via a rapid exchange of design information, different scenarios can be explored faster, allowing for more iterations of the architecture, structure and engineering systems and resulting in an accurate and optimised building design.
  2. All drawings can be captured into one comprehensive 3D model, avoiding information loss and enabling more educated decisions based on data.
  3. Necessary engineering calculations for ventilation, heating and piping systems can be performed quickly and easily.
  4. All geometric and spatial data required to perform energy calculations can be produced directly from the model.
  5. Ensuring compliance with environmental requirements is easier and the increased efficiency helps reduce building lifecycle costs.
  6. Integration of cost and scheduling data enables online cost estimation and visualisation of the construction progression.
  7. Accurate Bills of Quantities can be produced directly from the model.
  8. Data required to control procurement can be linked directly from the model, optimising the procurement process.
  9. Detailed model contains all data and geometry required for accurate installation of MEP systems.
  10. Once the building is completed, the next version of the model will inform facilities management decision-making and systems, allowing for preventative maintenance and repair.

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