05 March 2017
The Benefits of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Construction
In the construction industry, as with all business, time is money. Time wasted during planning and design, or lost due to inefficient logistics, can cost companies a great deal - especially when it comes to large-scale projects.
Traditional 2D GIS
Traditional 2D Geographic Information System (GIS) software is still used widely in the construction industry. The preparation of documentation using 2D software is prone to inefficiency, largely because of the inability to co-ordinate between contributors and detect clashes. This can result in as much as a 25% increase in ‘rework’ costs. This is compounded when construction staff aren’t involved in the process until the design team design is finalised, which too often is common practice. BIM provides a more efficient and accurate system of design and delivery.
BIM for the 21st Century
Building Information Modelling (BIM) can eradicate unnecessary errors, due to its ability to allow collaboration throughout the entire design and construction process from all contributors.
BIM allows for the co-ordination of architecture, engineering, planning, transport and logistics through all stages, from design, build, handover and through to facilities and asset management. Furthermore, various BIM technologies and tools, such as Graphisoft and 12d Model, allow construction staff to contribute from the initial design stage.
Not only is BIM a recognised preferable alternative to standard 2D GIS practices, but its open file format, platform neutral system is quickly becoming the global standard in construction. Increasingly, governments are realising the benefits and potential of BIM, especially when it comes to large contracts utilising public money.
BIM reduces wastage of time and resources, ultimately improving a construction company’s bottom line. It is a cross-compatible system allowing collaboration between contributors and a synchronous and holistic approach to all aspects of any construction project.
Construction firms with ambitions of acquiring international contracts must seriously consider adopting BIM, so as to not automatically rule them out of work where the technology is required.