Have you ever wondered what all of the hullabaloo is about Building Information Modeling Technology? Wonder no more! In this post, I’ll break it down for you, so that you can understand what all of the fuss is about 😃
I’ll introduce what it is, how it works, and why it’s valuable for projects. So, if you are curious 🧐 about BIM technology, read on! You may be surprised by just how much potential this technology has to improve your project outcomes!
1) What is BIM Technology?
Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology is a process that uses digital models to create a virtual representation of a building or structure. This model can be used to plan, design, construct and operate the physical asset.
The BIM model contains all of the information about the asset, including its geometry, location, function and performance. This data can be used to assess the impact of proposed changes, optimize the design and improve communication between project stakeholders.
👀 The end result looks something like this:
BIM technology is not new, but it has only recently begun to be adopted on a widespread basis. The main reason for this is that the software and processes required to create and manage BIM models is only now becoming attainable to a wider range of users.
BIM software, training, and implementation were previously only available to big engineering and construction firms. The good news is that the cost of implementation has dropped considerably in recent years, making it more accessible to small and medium-sized enterprises 🎉
For example, Plannerly (the BIM management platform) is available as a cloud-based subscription for less than a cup of coffee per day! ☕️
2) How Does a BIM Technology-Enabled Process Work?
This means that instead of drawing each part of a building as 2D lines on paper (or in CAD – using computer-aided design tools), the BIM software manages 3D BIM objects of the building parts.
These models can then be used to plan the building as well as make modifications.
After creating a 3D model for the architecture and structure, the next step is to add things like fixtures, fittings, pipe connections, finishes, doors, and windows.
Once this building data has been added, the model can be used to generate construction documents, schedules, and cost estimates.
The virtual model can also be used to provide anything from training for construction workers before the start of the construction project to a virtual tour of the finished asset that can be used for marketing purposes or to provide potential tenants with a realistic view of what the space will look like.
3) The Benefits of using BIM Technology
You can use BIM technology on your design or construction project for many reasons. Some of the benefits that I see include:
- BIM helps you visualize your project before it’s built, ensuring that everything is accurate and in line with your vision
- BIM helps improve communication between project stakeholders resulting in less miscommunication through the design process
- BIM can save you time and money by identifying issues early and reducing rework
- BIM helps you notice design opportunities earlier and make changes to your design without having to start from scratch
- BIM makes coordination between different team members much easier, reducing the risk of errors or missed deadlines
- BIM is becoming an industry standard that more and more architects and engineers are using – so if you want to stay ahead of the curve, you need to start using BIM too!
4) My Quick Summary
So, why should you care about BIM Technology?
Well, let me summarize my key reasons here.
First, with the ability to digitally prototype a building, BIM is like being able to see into the future 😉
Second, BIM improves safety by allowing workers to view the entire project before starting work.
Third, it makes it cheaper to build because building a digital BIM prototype helps spot clashes, errors, and mistakes before you build.
Fourth, BIM analysis of models can help reduce environmental impact by making buildings more energy-efficient.
Finally, it helps improve the quality of life by creating a better built environment for people to live in.
If you’re looking to start your next BIM project, we recommend trying out Plannerly – it makes creating and collaborating on projects simple!
5) Bonus Materials 😃
Here are three additional items that I think you’ll find valuable – 1) a video 🎥 that covers the complete BIM management workflow, 2) some fun BIM conversation starters, and 3) some typical questions I get asked about BIM, as well as my best-attempted answers.
I hope they’re useful! 🙏
5.1) The Complete BIM Management Workflow
First, here’s a video showing The Complete BIM Management Workflow:
5.2) BIM Conversations Starters
🗣 Below are six conversations starters on the topic of BIM technology:
- Have you ever had to explain BIM technology to a non-technical person?
- What is your favorite thing about using BIM?
- Do you think construction will ever be fully digitized?
- How do you make sure everyone in your office uses BIM correctly?
- How do you feel about the future of BIM technology?
- Do you think BIM will take over the world?
5.3) Questions I Get Asked About BIM Tech
I have also tried to summarize some answers to the most common questions that I get asked about BIM technology – I hope you can use them too:
What are the benefits of using BIM technology in construction?
If you work in the construction industry, then you know that the building process can be complex and challenging. There are a lot of moving parts, and it can be tough to keep track of everything. That’s where BIM technology comes in. BIM stands for Building Information Modeling, and it’s a digital tool that helps to manage the construction process. With BIM, you can create a virtual model of the project, which helps to plan and coordinate the construction process. It can also be used to track progress and ensure that the project is on schedule. In short, BIM is a valuable tool that can help to make the construction process easier and more efficient. If you’re not using BIM technology in your construction projects, then you’re missing out on a lot of benefits.
How has BIM changed the construction industry?
BIM has several advantages over traditional methods of designing and constructing buildings. First, BIM allows for more accurate estimating of materials and costs. Second, BIM allows for better coordination between different disciplines, such as architects, engineers, and construction workers. Third, BIM can be used to create virtual simulations of a building, which can help to identify potential problems before construction even begins. As a result of these advantages, more and more construction companies are beginning to use BIM in their projects.
What is your vision for the future of BIM technology?
In the future, I believe that BIM will become even more central to the construction process. We will see greater use of virtual reality and augmented reality to help with the design and planning of projects. And as the cost of hardware and software comes down, we will see more small and medium-sized firms adopting BIM technology. Ultimately, I believe that BIM will help us to build better buildings faster and more efficiently.
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Every week we share different perspectives on important BIM topics!