Remember the old motto, "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail"
Arguably nowhere is this truer than in construction design. Improper measurements, missed structural details, or incomplete post-project follow-ups can make all the difference in a building that's secure, and one built on shaky ground.
Thankfully, Building Information Modeling, or BIM Services, are out to change such inconsistency.
This technology allows construction managers to work hand-in-hand with architects and engineers throughout the development process, creating mock-up visualizations of design elements.
These representations simulate the building's true function and dimension with 3D renderings. That way, overseers at every touchpoint can make sure the structure is sound.
Today, we're breaking down a few key facts you should know about this technology.
1. BIM Services Enhance Teamwork
At any stage of a project's cycle, there could be myriad departments involved. From sales and marketing to design and engineering, these teams need to work together to ensure total functionality.
Yet, often, progress is impeded because one side doesn't know what the other is working on. Or, there could be key details missing from certain reports as information is shared between offices.
BIM Services, on the other hand, focus on a central set of drawings that include data every department needs to understand.
This means that a safety manager, construction engineer, project manager, and sales rep can all look at the same figures and discern the individual facts they need.
The result? Improved cross-communication, quicker project approvals, and on-time (or early) deliverables.
As proof, one construction company recently reduced the price of a $60 million civic center by $11 million. How? By shaving a cool 12 weeks off of the project's timeline thanks to improved collaboration made possible through BIM Services.
2. You Can Discern and Make Critical Changes
BIM technology is agile and allows for multiple viewing angles of the same image. This means managers are more quickly able to discern inadequacies or errors, catching them before they're built.
As such, they're able to save the time, resources, and money it would have taken to fix those mistakes or weaknesses in the future.
They'll also secure the mechanical integrity of the building and reduce the liability of someone getting injured due to faulty design.
This previewing capability also comes in handy when dealing with off-site manufacturers.
Modeling the integration beforehand makes sure that when outside pieces arrive, they're designed to fit into the existing environment, helping to prevent rework.
That rule to "Measure twice, cut once?" It should be "Check the BIM model twice, cut once!"
3. It Facilitates Smarter Planning
Before starting a project, it's important to get an understanding of the lay of the land.
What does the current infrastructure look like? How is the surrounding landscape?
Photographs and notes of the site are helpful. Yet, they rarely capture the details and depth of information required to create a knowledgeable project plan.
BIM Services now include advanced tools such as 3D aerial captures and digital elevation measurements. You can even scan current infrastructure with a laser to determine its scope.
Then, you can use this data to create smarter, more detailed project preparations that set the groundwork for a successful build.
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