27th August 2019

What are the key benefits of BIM (Building Information Modelling)?

If you work in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry, it’s more than likely that you’ve heard of BIM; a system that has revolutionised the way that the building projects are planned and carried out.

What is BIM?

BIM (Building Information Modelling) is an intelligent, virtual 3D modelling system that allows complete and accurate models of a building to be created digitally.

Using BIM can benefit a project in a number of ways, including:
● Reducing errors
● Improving collaboration
● Improving efficiency

In this blog, we’ll be discussing the key benefits of BIM.

1. Increased Efficiency

Before BIM, buildings and infrastructure projects were designed and constructed using hundreds, if not thousands, of different 2D models and sketches. Because of this, it was hard to quickly gain insights into a project, leaving many people without the information that they needed.

Unlike traditional 2D building plans, BIM modelling provides a 3D image of your project that can be updated throughout the duration of the project, to reflect any changes or developments that can happen along the way. That means that if you want to make a change to your project, you can easily implement this, without the need to update many different systems individually.

Thanks to BIM, project managers can better ‘see the wood for the trees’, and are more able to implement a clear step-by-step plan for any project, as they have all the necessary information in one place.

2. Resolving issues

Perhaps one of the most talked about benefits of BIM is its ability to help identify potential errors or problems in a project before they happen.

BIM allows AEC professionals to see a clear and detailed plan of their project, and therefore it is much easier to spot any potential problems, such as structural integrity, early on, helping a project to run more smoothly as a result.

By identifying these issues early on, BIM can help reduce wasted time and resources that would otherwise be spent fixing unexpected issues once a build had already started.

3. Improved Teamwork and Communication

In the AEC industry, there are often many different parties collaborating on project; such as engineers, architects, contractors and stakeholders. Previously, having many different groups involved in a project could lead to inefficiencies and miscommunication, all of which could lead to wasted time and resources.

BIM helps to resolve this issue, by creating a digital model of a product that can be easily viewed by everyone that needs to see it, and can also be easily updated to reflect changes that have been made to a project.

Because BIM is a digital model, it allows for multi-disciplinary collaboration, and therefore, improved insight. Once the BIM model has been created, it can be shared and easily viewed and accessed on laptops and portable devices, meaning that it is easier to keep everyone involved well informed.

4. Reducing Errors

Similarly to identifying potential structural issues with a build, BIM can also help to reduce errors by detecting potential clashes with any construction plans, for example: a duct or electrical conduit that might run into a beam.

By creating a comprehensive 3D model of a project first, potential clashes can be discovered early, which reduces the likelihood of these clashes happening onsite, and leading to wasted time and resources.

As well as reducing construction errors, BIM can also help to reduce manufacturing errors too, by providing more information for the exact dimensions of elements that are being manufactured offsite.

5. Improved Visualisation

As we’ve discussed, BIM technology creates a detailed 3D plan of your project, and can provide a clear and detailed picture of the end result, as well as helping to navigate the steps along the way.

Now with the advancements of AR (augmented reality), BIM technology is advancing even further, to give stakeholders an in-depth look at how a finished building will look. Thanks to the opportunity that BIM provides to see the full picture of a finished product, it has become an instrumental part of helping AEC companies to win bids and achieve faster sign-off on a project from stakeholders.

6. Reducing Waste

The world as we know it is becoming far more environmentally conscious, and the AEC industry must adapt to this by reducing waste and creating buildings and infrastructure that are more energy efficient and are built to last.

With BIM, it has become easier for AEC professionals to create buildings that are more energy efficient, as well as reducing energy wasted during construction.

Should you require a mobile elevating work platform (or MEWP) for your construction project, why not take a look at our range of new and used access platforms suitable for all budgets. We also have a selection of BIM MEWP models to choose from in the BIM store at our sister site, AFI Uplift.

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