How can AEC companies get the most from their BIM initiatives?
Construction projects have experienced considerable waste and inefficiency in the past. This has an impact on project completion timelines, project profitability, and even sustainability. AEC contractors specifically, and the construction industry in general, have chosen to adopt BIM to address these major challenges.
The utilization of BIM in the AEC industry is on the upswing as architects, contractors, and engineers are adopting Building Information Modeling (BIM) in their projects. BIM is finding favour with them as it is an extremely practical and productive approach towards project design, development, and project management. BIM offers engineers and architects a platform to better design and deliver structures based on standards and other environmental restrictions. BIM provides not only better data but also effective quality as the segments and workflows are fully digitized.
Effective inculcation of BIM enables an organization to set up an improved collaboration among the engineers, contractors, architects, and site-managers. An effective BIM strategy empowers these organizations to integrate data-rich models and project databases to construct a virtual portrayal of the project before they build it and to then keep it updated as the project progresses. BIM provides all the team members easy access to all the data, making collaboration simpler, reducing dangers and improving profits.
There’s no longer any doubt that this technological advancement has deeply impacted structural design and project execution in the construction industry. In that context, let’s zoom in on how AEC consultants, contractors, and companies work with BIM?
How can the use of BIM benefit AEC companies?
Architects and designers are utilizing Building Information Modeling to control structure construction, project planning, and sequencing. BIM empowers them to generate multiple design alternatives and check the constructability of the structure for each of them. AEC consultants can design better project plans before going on to the site. BIM also helps extensively over the course of the project delivery by improving collaboration, proactive clash detection, and transparent ongoing tracking and monitoring.
The AEC industry utilizes BIM for the following:
- 3D visualization, clash identification, practicality analysis, constructability review, quantity and cost estimate, environmental analysis, and data for facility management.
- Improved construction and development efficiency,
- Enhanced collaborative efforts and data sharing among the team members,
- Reducing on-site risks and danger throughout the project,
- Promoting efficiency by minimizing errors or mistake between designers and engineers,
- Ensuring accuracy and reliability.
It is well known that AEC projects are susceptible to various negative influences. The construction environment is extremely dynamic and there are multiple players simultaneously working on the site. It is also true that poor coordination is commonplace in such an environment due to inconsistent sharing of information, outdated data, and differing priorities. Issues such as loss of data during data transformation, errors in workflow integration, and lack of coordinated efforts are the norm. To prevent such issues, AEC companies are adopting BIM.
This allows the AEC company to:
- Update info: With BIM, the team members get better control over the project information they have to work on. The BIM model gets updated as the project evolves. This ensures that any changes made in the structure are captured. The differences between plans and ground-reality are eliminated allowing for better-informed plans and decisions.
- Use information throughout the lifecycle of a project: BIM empowers the project members to access all the available data throughout the various stages of the project. This is especially useful as the project keeps developing and ongoing decisions need to be made.
- Avoid coordination errors: BIM helps with better workflow integration. With BIM, it is easy to establish a common language for the processes. Clashes are visible early and to everyone in the system. This reduces all the possible coordination errors in a project. That, in turn, reduces rework.
- Utilize best-of-breed solutions: BIM provides a sound, consistent, data foundation that enables project managers to use diverse programming tools for various applications. With BIM, an AEC organization can choose tools depending upon the requirements of a project secure in the knowledge that the tool will deliver the desired impact based on comprehensive, current, and accurate data about the construction site.
BIM can deliver real value to the process of design and construction of projects. This is why a large number of AEC organizations are adopting this innovative technology to expand the delivery of their projects. Even as construction continues to stay challenging, SEC companies are on the frontlines of trying to bring about tech-driven change. The adoption of BIM technology is enabling more AEC organizations to address key concerns of efficiency and effectiveness.