Building Information Modeling (BIM) processes have helped countless firms in diverse industries operate more productively, produce higher-quality work, attract more talent, and win new business. With a rising number of government and commercial organizations mandating BIM, now is the time to consider implementing BIM at your firm.
Traditional contracts keep the parties segregated and often combative. In a BIM digital prototype design workflow process, work is conducted in a cooperative, collaborative manner with all parties in the supply chain. The intent is for data to be created once, then used and added to in an iterative process until, finally, it is handed over to the Facility Maintenance and Operations Teams. This approach focuses on solving issues rather than apportioning blame and leads to fewer disputes, improved coordination and better relationships.
Attaching data to a Building Information Model allows designers, builders and other stakeholders to evaluate the cost implications of the decisions they make on a macro level, before they become value-engineering casualties later in the project. While the role of the quantity surveyor remains similar, they are now able to streamline their process by accessing digital information from the model.
A structured BIM workflow ensures that the data required to run a facility is created throughout the design-build process and is delivered when the building is delivered. Eliminating paper binders, drawings, and electronic files – that can be delivered up to 3 to 6 months after building completion – as well as eliminating the re-entry of data into a FM software solution reduces cost and errors as well as improving efficiency.
BIM allows the AEC industry to demonstrate that design brings value not cost. Accounting for only 2% of the building’s life cycle costs, it has the potential for the greatest impact on overall performance. By understanding the cost impact of decisions throughout the design phase, designers are able to stay on track to meet the budget without having to resort to ‘value engineering’ or, more accurately, cost-cutting late in the design process that degrades the quality of the design.
Reduce or eliminate coordination-based change orders with a digital prototype that allows you to identify coordination errors before they make it to an RFI or surface as changes on site. With increased confidence in the accuracy of the design, many items can be fabricated, at a lower cost, off-site.
Deliver greener building systems and healthier, more resource-efficient buildings by analyzing the building performance before it is constructed. A true BIM, digital prototype contains all the data design and construction teams require to simulate, analyze and document their design. Based on real-world environmental, climatic, solar, acoustic, and other design information it allows for early decision-making.
It is hard to efficient in a ‘design-build-test-fix-operate’ environment. By testing, changing and fixing the facility while it is digital you reap the benefits of improved efficiency and productivity, as well as a better end product that operates that way you expect it to.
A typical design and construction workflow recreates the data on average six times from facility programming through to facility maintenance and operations. With the structured model and data from a BIM process, data is created with the whole supply chain in mind. This allows it to be reused by different participants increasing efficiency, improving accuracy, increasing the quality of the process and creating a better end product.
The ability to create and use a digital prototype of the design from conceptual design onwards allows decisions to be made as early as possible in the design process based on facts, not guesswork. These very early models are not detailed but comprised, instead, of masses with assigned properties from which a variety of software can run analytics allowing decisions to be driven relative to factors such as sustainability, cost, performance and design comparison.
With a 30% waste factor, design and construction are high-risk endeavors. The digital prototype created by BIM allows companies to reduce risk by testing for form, fit and function from inception onwards. The model can also be used to enable prefabrication, construction sequencing, estimating and, ultimately, facility operations. The result is reduced risk with an on-time and on-budget project.
For comparatively little effort, detailed visualizations of the model can be generated to communicate with all interested parties. Stakeholders can view and walk through a 3D virtual representation that not only shows the end product but the scope of work required to build it.
Eliminating errors and omissions by identifying issues in the digital model creates downstream benefits such as reducing rework, construction cost, and overall project duration. Throughout the BIM process, site sequencing can be evaluated in advance, to streamline the actual construction process.