Smart design workflows are critical to avoid costly delays, budget overruns, and re-work. One of the ways this can be achieved is by using Building Information Modeling (BIM) along with some advanced clash avoidance strategies.
This blog post will cover the benefits of clash avoidance and some strategies to get started in your workflow.
1) What is BIM Clash Avoidance?
Clash avoidance techniques consider the sequence of installing geometry, connections, and functionality of elements/components in the model so that all systems can be routed through a building without creating 1,000s of clashes that would cause rework and delays later.
Clash avoidance with BIM relies on using two important aspects:
- System Priority Structure – the sequence the BIM model goes together
- Cloud Collaboration Software – the ability to share information quickly and easily
Using a combination of these two aspects, it’s possible for multiple teams to prevent potential conflicts in the virtual world before they become expensive physical problems down the line.
2) A Clash Avoidance Case Study
It is better to stop a problem from happening than to have to fix it after it happens.
3) System Priority Structure for Clash Avoidance
The priority structure within a BIM workflow is essential to clash avoidance.
Knowing which elements need to be addressed first and in what order can help you avoid potential clashes with other parts of the project.
For example, if more flexible electrical routing is installed after larger mechanical duct runs, the electrician has enough space to complete their work without having to move the ductwork.
The same is true for many architectural elements. If walls are installed before mechanical and electrical systems, no clashes will occur when the other trades come in to do their work.
4) Cloud Collaboration Software for Clash Avoidance
The use of cloud-based collaboration software is also important for BIM clash avoidance.
BIM software for collaboration allows each model to synchronize across all teams for designers and engineers to track their own elements, manage updates, and view the entire system as a whole – making it easier to spot and avoid potential clashes before they become real issues in the virtual world.
5) Why Is Clash Avoidance Important?
Clash avoidance can be an important part of any building design process as it helps to reduce expensive rework and delays caused by design errors or miscommunications between teams.
By utilizing BIM clash avoidance techniques, teams can work together to ensure that all models are up to date, communicate changes quickly and effectively, and avoid potential clashes in the virtual world before they become costly physical problems down the line.
The end result is a fully coordinated BIM model showing all components, their relationships, and how they interact – saving time, money, and resources in the long run.
6) How Do You Implement Clash Avoidance Strategies?
Implementing clash avoidance strategies is a process that requires careful planning and coordination between teams.
Using BIM tools like Plannerly can help to:
- Scope the right elements and systems
- Assign responsibilities to modeling teams
- Sequence the work to avoid clashes
- Track progress and compare changes
Plannerly is an invaluable BIM management tool that can streamline the complex process of designing and building a structure, making it simpler and more intuitive than ever.
Pull Planning workshops can help plan for the sequence of the systems that should be installed in the project.
This allows for a better understanding of what elements go where and when, making it easier to avoid clashes.
When working on a project with a team, it is important to have a plan that everyone agrees with. Pull planning is an important collaborative approach to get many of the team’s opinions combined into one plan for understanding the exact sequence that each element will be put in.
This plan can be captured in Plannerly’s Scope module, tracked to completion, and reused on future projects.
Then, cloud-based collaboration software can be used to share updates and information quickly and easily between teams.
In conclusion, implementing BIM clash avoidance strategies into your workflow gives you greater control over a project’s timeline, budget, safety standards, and quality control measures – all factors which are key when delivering successful construction projects on time and within budget!
With a well-structured clash avoidance strategy in place, teams can work collaboratively and proactively identify potential clashes before they become costly virtual or physical problems on site.
By utilizing BIM tools like Plannerly, teams can scope their work, coordinate the sequence of their elements, quickly and easily share updates, and implement a plan so that everyone can save some money.
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What is BIM Clash Avoidance?
BIM Clash Avoidance is an advanced BIM management strategy used in Building Information Modeling workflows to identify optimum element sequencing and avoid potential clashes before they become costly virtual clashes or physical problems on site.
How Do I Implement Clash Avoidance Strategies?
Implementing clash avoidance strategies is a process that requires careful planning and coordination between teams. BIM tools like Plannerly can help scope the right elements and systems, assign responsibilities to modeling teams, sequence the work to avoid clashes, and track progress and compare changes. Pull Planning workshops can help plan for the sequence of the systems that should be installed in the project, as well as cloud-based collaboration software to share updates and information quickly and easily between teams.
What Are the Benefits of Clash Avoidance Strategies?
The main benefit of clash avoidance strategies is that they save time and money by helping teams identify potential clashes before they become costly virtual or physical problems on site. Clash avoidance strategies also allow for greater control over a project’s timeline, budget, safety standards, and quality control measures.
What is Pull Planning for BIM?
Pull planning for BIM is an important collaborative approach to combine many of the team’s design opinions into one plan. This plan will contain each element’s sequence in the design process so that a clash avoidance workflow can be implemented. This BIM pull plan can be captured in Plannerly’s Scope module (using the BIM Timeline), tracked to completion in the Verify module (using the BIM Kanban), and reused on future projects.
What is Plannerly?
Plannerly is a BIM software tool that streamlines the complex process of BIM management, making it simpler and more intuitive than ever. It can help teams scope their work, sequence their work, share updates, and automatically verify the model. Plannerly helps teams implement a BIM plan so that everyone can save some money! 😍
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