Nirmalya Chatterjee – COO & Business Director, Tekla India explains the advantages of utilizing Building Information Modeling technology while providing five tips to gain maximum benefit of its usage.
“With BIM (Building Information Modeling) technology, one or more accurate virtual models of a building are constructed digitally. They support design through its phases, allowing better analysis and control than manual processes. When completed, these computer-generated models contain precise geometry and data needed to support the construction, fabrication, and procurement activities through which the building is realized.”
It enables industry professionals such as Architects, Structural Engineers, MEP Trades, General Contractors, and Building Owners to do their jobs better, while achieving greater accuracy, efficiency, and cost management. BIM tools are focused on optimizing collaboration so that managing the moving parts of complex building programs becomes easier and smarter.
Companies that utilize Building Information modeling (BIM), have reported benefits for scheduling, estimation and risk analysis, more collaborative processes and better facility management.
But if you have a clever approach to BIM:
1. Plan properly to skip surprises
BIM allows making informed decisions early in the design and construction process. Accurate, constructable models bring the opportunity to try out solutions in advance before building the structure on site: Digital prototyping is now reality even in construction design. This means that the builders can manage the risk of unforeseen costs and loss of time.
2. Collaborate throughout the workflow
In the end of the day, a construction project is all about collaboration: your team and all project parties working together. When collaboration is good, everyone understand what other project parties work means to them, and stays updated about the changes. BIM software has gathered compliments for improved communication between construction disciplines, and thus leveraging better quality.
3. Make everybody understand the project
When you can see the structure in the model, you do not need to guess what the others mean. Advanced BIM tools help all project parties to visualize and communicate and thus understand the design intent and realize it. When project parties can understand and review the design easily, they can guarantee its accuracy and completeness.
4. Keep your BIM tools open
No single tool will solve every problem and suit every phase of the construction workflow. You need to work with others. To achieve functional workflow, linking BIM software to other industry software solutions is a necessity. With open BIM software, you can choose the best solutions and partners regardless the software the others use.