Building Information Modeling (BIM)
The process of merging all architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, site utilities and curtain wall trade-specific models naturally builds a team of experts focused on the same goal: consolidating all aspects of project design and constructability during the design process. This integrated team approach helps maximize the speed, cost and quality of the built product.
Benefits of BIM
Significant potential benefits of collaborating in a virtual environment include:
Integrating Schedule. 4-D models link the project schedule to the 3-D building model. Scheduled construction progress can then be easily visualized.
Constructability Reviews. Virtual construction of the building allows the project team to “test-fit “ various design elements and resolve spatial conflicts before any concrete is placed or materials sized.
Quantity Takeoff and Procurement. Accurate quantities are generated for each type of material, so estimated quantities are correct. Spatially accurate scoping images can be produced for subcontractor bid packages, resulting in competitive pricing. Bulk material order lists can be generated efficiently, which means bulk purchase pricing opportunities.
Communication Tool. 3-D images accelerate every team member’s understanding of spatial conflicts and identifying the optimal solution. Additionally, the images help team members visualize unfamiliar design and construction details, as well as providing exceptional virtual images of any part of the project.
Virtual Mock-Ups. Using virtual mock-ups means the details of different material connections can be evaluated well in advance of construction. Required dimensional spacing for material performance or desired spacing for design aesthetics can be validated before any materials are fabricated.
Shop Drawings and Prefabrication. Virtual shop drawings are used for fabrication and can be quickly reviewed for design and specification conformance by the architect/engineer of record. BIM also offers a tremendous opportunity to identify building system components that can be prefabricated. Off-site fabrication saves time and money, and improves quality.
Self-Performed Work Scope. Our field craft receive a consolidated version of all related construction details that are typically found in several different drawings. This translates to increased productivity and labor savings in our self-performed work.
Data Capture. BIM software can record material specification and warranty information and as-built information. This valuable data can be used for building maintenance and future renovations.