A New Paradigm in 3D Building Information Modeling

The following is a guest post by construction industry blogger James White.

The foundation of every sound construction project lies within the pre-planning stages: drafting and envisioning the project . For decades this process was traditionally carried out using two-dimensional drawings. But today’s modern buildings face a wider range of challenges and require a flexible and accurate approach.

Fortunately, Building information modeling (BIM) is becoming an increasingly cost-effective option for businesses operating within construction. The idea is to use building data to generate and map 3D models of a final design prior to construction.

This way, overheads are reduced and potential problems can be avoided.

Here’s why contractors, designers and project managers should take advantage of this new technology.

Pre-Requisites of Quality BIM Practice

There are many great benefits to implementing BIM, including a number of valuable insights into value-adding and best-practice principles. For your efforts to be successful, a few pre-requisites must be met:

  • The final design solution must work toward achieving clearly defined outcomes.
  • A strong collaborative culture must be maintained throughout the supply chain.
  • Top-down leadership must be visible from both an organizational and project perspective.

If these criteria are met, every development phase will come together more cohesively as a result – regardless of whether you are producing a 3D model for a healthcare facility or an entertainment complex.

The Advantages of BIM

Arguably the most attractive aspect of BIM is the ability to run computer simulations that reduce a multi-faceted process to its simplest and essential components.

In this way, a construction project’s evolution can be deconstructed and everyone involved can see how the building will behave well before the first brick is laid. In addition, the incorporation of peripheral elements such as air conditioning systems, specialized equipment and doors and windows can be considered.

BIM also allows companies and their contracted parties to properly define the function and allocation of construction services, which is something often overlooked in the early stages of planning.

The Future of BIM in the Construction Industry

Considering the evidence at hand and the potential BIM has in bringing about a revolution in the construction industry, why hasn’t the information-rich procedure been more readily adopted?

A recent article in The Guardian attributes this slow adoption to the industry’s persistent adherence to 2-dimensional methods and a compartmentalization and a general lack of communication. This is significant because the success of BIM demands that all important information be shared.

That said, change is coming and is probably inevitable. There’s a strong public interest in the efficient construction of buildings, as well as a growing desire for more environmentally friendly turnarounds.

There will always be a place for the human touch in BIM, and the process only seeks to enhance what options and opportunities are available. As such, it won’t be long until companies begin to catch on.

BIO: *James White is an experienced home improvement blogger and construction worker. His writing has appeared in many publications, including True Look, Constructonomics and The Blok. James is involved in promoting the ideas of sustainable building and construction safety. And, when he’s not saving the planet through his blogging, James revels in exploring the latest developments in construction and manufacturing industries, its history, its advancements, and where we will be tomorrow.*

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