Building Information Modeling (BIM) tools are used to model a structure before it is constructed. BIM models are a virtual representation of the physical characteristics of a building, which we utilize on many of our projects, thus providing our clients, subcontractors and ourselves the benefits that BIM modeling provides.
Building Information Modeling
Collaboration between project team members is one of the greatest benefits of BIM. Not only is the visualization of the consolidated 3D model a great tool for discussion, clarification and problem solving, but it can also foster teamwork on the project. The sharing of data among project team members leads to benefits for all those involved with the BIM process, including the following:
- Better design and more efficient construction: Because all components are built virtually and will remain in their assigned spaces per the collaborative design, conflicts are resolved virtually before construction begins rather than on the jobsite.
- Projects delivered on time and within budget (less downtime): With the collaboration of BIM, design documents are more complete and understandable, minimizing information gaps and reducing errors and field changes, helping projects to be completed on time and within budget.
- Higher quality of construction: Collaboration among trades results in less rework. Material is installed in its assigned position the first time, instead of having to be moved around to avoid conflicts with other materials.
- Intelligent as-built drawings: The model used to build the project can become a facilities management tool used to operate and maintain the completed building.
- Fewer late RFIs: When used during preconstruction the more serious RFIs are addressed during the design coordination phase. Conflicts between materials/assemblies/equipment are dramatically reduced.