Industry Solutions: BIM

BIM – BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING

OVERVIEW

BIM is an intelligent model-based process that provides insight to help you plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure.

BIM (Building Information Modelling) is much more than just 3D CAD. While everything starts with a 3D digital model of the building, BIM is a much larger concept, involving extensive pre-construction planning and multidisciplinary coordination. Using intelligent models, which can be accessed by all stakeholders, BIM allows the sharing of information across all disciplines, allowing timely decision making and project delivery.

It offers the potential to enable AEC professionals and owners design, visualize, simulate, and analyse the key physical and functional characteristics of a project digitally, before anything is ever built.

For the success of any project which employs BIM, the key factors that need to be taken into consideration include: the richness of information embedded in the 3D models, the degree of openness in the interdisciplinary data-sharing and collaboration standards, and the level of mutual trust among all the professionals involved.

Procad work closely with their clients, fully understanding their business needs and assisting in getting their customers BIM ready.

Benefits of Building Information Modelling

  • Collaboration across the industry. Share and use the same consistent data across the project lifecycle.
  • Improve Bidding Estimates
  • Better Resource Planning
  • BIM is mobile
  • Better internal management of data
  • Simulate and Visualize
  • Resolve Conflict – clash detection
  • Improve project understanding and decision making

Collaboration Across The Industry

Projects have become more and more complex, requiring firms to manage and share immense amounts of data across diverse and distributed teams. By enabling greater insight into the project at any point in its lifecycle, BIM helps AEC service providers to improve accuracy, efficiency, and productivity, resulting in time and cost savings.

The significant value-added benefits that BIM-ready firms can provide include: faster project approvals, more predictable outcomes, sustainable design and analysis services, and improved collaboration and information sharing for integrated project delivery strategies. The ability to digitally collaborate on a building’s physical and functional characteristics strengthens and deepens existing partnerships.

Improve Bidding Estimates with BIM

Winning bids in today’s market is challenging because you have more competition, shorter timelines, and fewer resources. Drawings and 2D designs aren’t enough to win proposals and get stakeholder buy-in. Stakeholders want to experience the design—they want to walk through it, understand how the building relates to its environment, and interact with the model.

Essentially, firms who are thriving and competing in this shifting marketplace are doing so with BIM.
Leading in the bid process with a demonstration of your firms’ expertise in BIM will greatly enhance your opportunity to win the business. Further, once you win the business, execution of the BIM process will allow you to deliver, with great precision, on your communicated vision for the project.

Coordination and Clash Detection

Clash detection is the process of integrating multiple models and identifying any inconstancies that need to be resolved.
The synchronized and collaborative nature of BIM (Building Information Modelling) allows for earlier clash detection between the numerous members of the design team. Earlier clash detection shortens the time required for building design and reduces costs associated with correcting clashes that were undetected during design reviews. Interference detection with BIM is as simple as identifying the elements that need to be checked and running a report. Clash detections also happen as elements are moved or added.

Whilst clash detection can be used to eliminate design mistakes prior to construction and save considerable money from change orders, automated progress tracking can highlight mistakes on an ongoing basis during construction. The earlier a mistake is found the earlier it can be rectified and stopped from occurring again.

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