BIM FOR ALL
BIM for Owners & Facility Managers
BIM has advantages throughout the life cycle of a project, but for Owners there are multiple long-range benefits to be gained. Financial savings from a total project cost perspective is likely the most attractive benefit for owners. Where do these savings come from? Many places!
Using BIM allows owners to look into the future and see what will actually be delivered in the form of a 3D model; the result is less change orders during construction, usually caused by clashes in building systems. Better design quality; buildings perform better through systems coordination and engineering analysis, allowing longer term operational efficiency. Scheduling (4D) and costing (5D) during the construction process are fully integrated within a BIM model, helping owners to make sound decisions based on multi-faceted, accurate real-time information.
Schedule compression created through the use of digitally assisted and off site fabrication helps create huge interest savings; BIM helps owners save money by delivering projects earlier. If a new opportunity for a project arises in the construction process, 3D modeling can help assess the merit of such a proposal. At the end of a project the owner has a comprehensive digital model of the building systems and components, which will aide in the handover process and or facility management.
BIM for Architects
BIM allows Architects to study multiple design options within a single model making the design investigation process more efficient. Construction documentation is more easily generated in the digital realm allowing Architects to spend more time on building design. Working in this 3D digital realm also creates better coordination of documentation and it enhances space reservation and allows for clash detection. Integrated modeling, analysis and design are possible, thus preventing the need for splitting up tasks into different models.
Accuracies in detailed design activities such as quantification and costing are increased. Engineering accuracy in terms of measurements and context are also improved. Drawing production quality increases making this process more flexible, automated and better coordinated. Given the availability of data rich visual models, design exploration and interrogation is much more valuable. The data embodied within the building information model is abundant and reliable, which can be used for early tasks such as schematic space planning and master scheduling. In short, Architect’s who use BIM stand to gain efficiency and value and as a result profit and improved client relations.
BIM for Engineers
Engineers can measure the value of trade-offs between the building elements (structural, electrical, mechanical), while also minimizing the conflicts between these elements resulting in energy savings. Engineering documents are mechanically synchronized, getting rid of errors and omissions, which results in better-engineered buildings delivered on time and on budget. 3D modeling speeds up the design stage, while still offering considerable advantages in accuracy and complexity. These models have the ability to easily design and manage complex air handling, electrical and plumbing systems, the widest variety of components and materials with an added ability to provide cross sectional diagrams, which are created and modified parametrically. 3D models can also be used to easily generate accurate and coordinated 2D versions.
BIM collaborates flawlessly across disciplinary borders in shared multi-disciplinary models. In short, Engineers benefit from using BIM through efficient processes, improved collaboration, more informed decisions, accelerated understanding of the building elements and improved data quality and data efficiency.
BIM for Commercial Builders
Commercial Builders benefit immensely from using BIM. At the centre of the construction process Commercial Builders manage and implement all the elements that must come together to complete a project.
Using BIM, Commercial Builders can create accurate and efficient construction schedules, cost estimates, create and review construction plans, study yard operation and site logistics, manage prefabrication and assembly of materials in a controlled factory environment, create effective marketing presentations for construction approaches, and BIM allows for more "what if" scenarios, such as construction sequencing options, shuffling of human resources, fine-tuning cost factors, equipment management and many other site details.
BIM diminishes the need for change orders, callbacks, higher warranty costs, shop drawings and revisions, it minimizes a projects ecological footprint; perhaps best of all, BIM reduces risk on a project.