Author: Zachary Downer

30 Jul

Understanding The Scope of Building Information Modeling

If you’re still stuck onto CAD and wondering whether you should try out BIM, there really isn’t a reason not to. It’s simpler, offers better insights and offers a lot more than just design!

At its basic level, Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a virtual 3D design tool used for engineering and construction projects. But it’s something more than just one of those other design software and can be used for various purposes throughout the entire development of the project.

It is wide scale application in the world sheds the light on the expanded scope of the BIM platform. Today we take a look at the scope of BIM and its uses in the industry.

Real Time Visualizations

The most basic use of BIM is creating a 3D visualization of the facility or building that has to be built. You can add various complex details and levels of information into the BIM model which will help out in making design decisions.

BIM takes into consideration all the physical parts that are used to construct a building and can provide real time information about the project. You can see how the windows, stairs, walls turn out in your project and what changes they will bring.

Change Coordination

When you are using designing software, you have to implement the changes in the project manually. But BIM has a better scope in change management as all the information is structured in a centralized virtual system.

When a specific change is made in the building design, BIM automatically reflects the consequences of the changes on various aspects of the building. So you can know how your decision will play out and whether it will be practical for the project.

Creating Simulation

A full-scale operational simulation of the building project can be created using BIM. Apart from architectural data, full depth information about the various functional aspects of the building can also be incorporated into the BIM model.

Engineering aspects like the load bearing capacity of the building, plumbing management, ventilation – everything works simultaneously in the BIM model. This advanced simulation of the various features of a building is crucial for the successful development of the project.

The simulation is not just limited to the design and construction phase but can be applied for the full life cycle of it.

Concrete Data

Apart from the design and simulation, a BIM model is also the storehouse of crucial data and information which shape the development of the project. The platform holds information about the budget of the project which can be accessed at any time throughout the project.

Data on human resources, coordination also can be accessed and managed through the BIM platform.

The value of BIM consulting has been recognized by various institutions including the government. It is effective and saves a significant part of the management and operation cost of the project. The scope for BIM is endless and not just limited to designing, prediction, architecture or management.