Progress in technology races along, but keeping up with it requires some financial and training investment. Few industries are spared these challenges, but it’s helpful to keep in mind that the most worthy tech advances solve problems and enhance what businesses do. Building information modelling (BIM) is one of the tech advances that architects, engineers, and construction professionals should not ignore. BIM can be employed to design and chronicle building and system designs. Each and every detail can be modelled in the BIM environment–and then transformed working design documents needed to finalize plans and promote the construction’s success.
The BIM environment doesn’t only facilitate the creation and design process; it is used for the ongoing management of the building–its facilities management and building operations. Once you understand the benefits of this technology, you’ll want to make the investment in BIM.
Use Point Cloud to BIM to Capture Everything–Including Tremendous Cost Savings
One of the key benefits of the BIM environment is its ability to save stakeholders time and money. By working in the BIM environment, professionals can work cooperatively across many diverse project teams. This aspect of BIM leads to reduced planning costs (sometimes as much as 50%) because of improved information and a reduction in errors.
Of course, using point cloud to BIM also helps professionals bridge the design gap. Designers can feed their aerial points clouds that feature existing infrastructure or topography, for example, into their BIM to inform and improve their design process. They can rely on the BIM environment to store their relevant information until they choose to access it. Having better data throughout each phase of the design process ultimately leads to better designs and, ultimately, better construction outcomes.
BIM for the Documentation Win
The BIM environment makes an ideal information hub that fosters the creation of documentation such as 3D models, architectural drawings, diagrams, and even schedules. First, it fosters the scanning process; users scan in all relevant data associated with the project. While scanning remains a big job, it ultimately leads to improved cost-savings because of improved accuracy. In fact, the documentation is so easy to generate from the stored data, providing professionals with accurate, precise, and repeatable information. BIM features functionality that also cross-checks information to minimize–even eliminate errors–without manual oversight.
Use BIM to Share Accurate Information
When information and data are stored in the BIM environment, all appropriate stakeholders can access it as needed. Not only can they access essential data; they can share it in order to generate their own drafts or files while relying on the very same accurate data.
Accuracy is a key element of BIM; when changes are made to a file or data set, the software automatically reflects those changes across other files, which helps with clash detection and ongoing monitoring. That type of functionality alone is turning heads in the construction industry. This environment nurtures collaborative processes between teams even when those teams are working far apart. The simple ability to tap into a central repository of accurate information enables teams to better integrate their work with one another for more seamless integration.
Mistakes can undermine the success of a project; big mistakes are expensive in time, money, and even client trust. We’ve mentioned it before, but one of the benefits of BIM software is its error-reducing functionality. Errors often occur during projects simply because plans don’t align properly. BIM eliminates that problem because of the way it automatically reflects changes in the main plan across the board, ensuring that other files reflect data updates. Otherwise, the need for manual cross-checking is ever present throughout the process. Construction professionals can save time (and worry) by relying on BIM to reduce the likelihood of errors. Each pro works from the same plan and that plan can be accessed by everyone involved with the project.
With BIM, you can reduce your risks. With complex projects that involve multiple teams, having the same data is critical. Otherwise, the risk for major mistakes is high. Many users of BIM are finding out that on-site modifications are becoming a thing of the past because the designs are on point. In fact, even when certain features are produced off-site, they tend to mesh ‘on construction day’ because of the accuracy of schematics and other data fostered by the BIM environment.
Great designs are reliable selling tools. Whether you’re an architect or construction contractor, you rely on your plans or designs to ‘sell’ the client on your proposal. BIM improves your presentations tenfold. Its presentations are visually dynamic as well as based on accurate information. Designers have more capability to project their designs and make them a more immersive experience for clients and other stakeholders.
Point cloud to BIM functionality supports designers’ ability to create detailed 3D models that enhance the presentation process. Using BIM, presenters can showcase animations, visualizations, and many types of details embedded in the designs. Architects and builders have loads of features to play with in the BIM environment to create dynamic presentations of their plans.
BIM Is Flexible
When build teams can rely on the BIM environment, they can demonstrate greater flexibility to their clients. The graphics-oriented nature of the environment complemented by the accurate documentation capabilities provides teams with a suite of tools that can’t be overlooked–certainly not in this competitive environment. BIM offers more than flexibility; it delivers reliability, cost reduction (because of its built-in efficiencies), improved accuracy, and more speed.
BIM is more than just a new tech trend. It embodies a diverse array of functions and options that enhance design and construction processes. It fosters accuracy, collaboration, and the overall design experience for improved cost savings and higher-quality work. For projects involved with complex designs and multiple teams, this technology is a must.
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