Building Information Modeling or BIM is a collection of systems that are capable of storing, dispensing and manipulating information used in construction and building maintenance. BIM includes all design tools from digitized architectural plans to 3D modeling software, all which have revolutionized building design.
BIM software does more than just mapping physical spaces; they are also capable of estimating the costs of plans. Some good examples of BIM software include Autodesk BIM 360, Tekla BIMsight, Revit, Navisworks, BIMobject, BIMx, Archicad among others.
The following are some of the reasons why BIM Architecture Model is important to design:
BIM is a steady platform for models and simulations.
BIM provides a convenient database that stores design and architectural data for simulations or 3D modeling. 3D simulations include adding interior features to models, painting their walls or determining where sunlight reaches. The structural viability and the impact of earthquakes of a model can also be designed using physics programs. This process allows for the development of creative design concepts and exploration of alternative materials.
Innovative design projects and improved project planning, are at an increase because architects can see and test plans before actual construction.
It follows projects all through their lives
BIM schematics are usually useful to a building’s design team as well as its future managers. This is because its schematics has important information on the building’s life and how well it can be maintained.
The information is given to the building’s manager to help them familiarize with its structure and critically learn about the facility assigned to them. BIM schematics usually has more information than traditional drafts, and the information can easily be accessed.
For instance, in case of a defect, the building manager can refer to the 3D model, to look for the water mains, electrical problems, and any other likely dangers, before addressing the defect.
BIM enables repair teams to go to the affected scene knowing their repair goals, obstacles, and hazards. Throughout the facility’s life, this schematic can be updated regularly to continue providing valuable and relevant information to anyone doing repairs, renovations or upgrades within the building.
Clients can interact with their design team before construction and know what to expect.
The 3D models can also be used for sharing ideas with the clients. These models allow people who have no architectural training to see building plans and visualize the end result. Interpretation of architectural drafts can be a struggle for many people, not leaving out even those working on site. Transforming a 2D model into a 3D impression is a unique skill.
Building Information Modeling is a way to present your data without special architectural training and no extra planning, a BIM Architecture Model allows you to create design plans for presentations and client reviews.
BIM also makes it easy to explore and edit 3D plans. This helps designers and architects have a more proactive workflow with their clients on the building projects.
Maintain control of construction costs
BIM foresees likely ‘conflicts between electrical closets, plumbing chases, ductwork, risers, horizontal and vertical penetrations, etc. Using BIM allows for easy detection of construction problems, diagnosis and fixing them before the start of construction, avoiding the change of orders that are field generated. This can save a substantial amount of time and money and prevents the need for material replacement during construction.
Intimate knowledge of your construction project sequencing determines when to change a part of the project schedule or when to maintain it. By combining this BIM model and scheduled activities at a particular time, managers can oversee a project being virtually built to validate the accuracy of calculated sequences in the schedule. Errors will definitely make projects stall.
It boosts team spirit and workflow efficiency
Building design and architecture is an iterative process. Builders, structural engineers, and architects all need to look at different information pieces and apply different designed templates to come up with various models. All these different models are shown to clients. The design team sits and work out one perfect building design, any updates in documentation should be addressed in case of any changes made.
BIM allows each specialist access to information in their preferred format. A single dataset can be collectively utilized among different people. BIM ensures that the edits that are made in any format are automatically updated, therefore there is no need to update the different drafts as the plans keep progressing. It also eliminates the need for manually producing other documents like color filled diagrams, schedules, 3D models and drawings. They all can be automatically rendered using BIM software.
There is no time wasted in cross-checking files and documentation as the team can work collaboratively using BIM. This ensures a reduction of time in building plan development while delivering an efficient workflow process with fewer errors and that requires less oversight.
BIM style schematics for building renovations can be made for existing spaces by just using point cloud processing and laser scanners. This ensures the delivery of the benefits of collaborative planning made possible by BIM. There is no need to visit the location repeatedly during planning. A scanned location by one team can be universally used for data analysis by any specialist in the office whenever needed. The same data can be worked on and reviewed by the teams from different locations with a specialty level that was traditionally limited to the on-site inspections.
BIM takes 3D models and collapses the valuable data into one editable database. The entire iterative building design process can, therefore, be accurately undertaken in a way that was just imaginable previously. This saves construction costs and ensures efficiency and notable improvements in workflow. BIM has become a very important part of the building process.