Building Information Modelling (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, says Nirmalya Chatterjee, Chief Operating Officer and Business Director, Tekla India.
Companies that utilise Building Information Modelling (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, 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 a reality even in construction design. This means that the builders can manage the risk of unforeseen costs and loss of time.
Collaborate throughout the workflow
At 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 understands 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.
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 visualise and communicate and thus understand the design intent and realise it. When project parties can understand and review the design easily, they can guarantee its accuracy and completeness.
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.
Produce and read the model information digitally
Information has been produced digitally since the arrival of CAD, but reading it has been manual labor. Currently, intelligent as-built models contain all needed building information and integration of advanced, open BIM software to fabrication machinery is already here, saving on manual work and reducing errors. In the longer term, the software can also steer the machinery on construction sites.
Good, advanced BIM software allows you to do all above-mentioned: it handles details to the smallest bolt, works with all materials, integrates with machinery and interfaces with other software solutions, while making the workflows smoother and more efficient and quality better.