We live in a world where speed and efficiency have become ever more critical. As the pace of change accelerates, the pressure to complete projects on time, within budget, and to the highest specifications has become part of the competitive landscape. This is especially true in capital projects such as construction. Thankfully those involved in such projects now have access to technology that enables closer coordination between experts in architecture, engineering, and construction. One such technology is computer modelling to streamline design, communication, and optimise workflow by simplifying the collaborative efforts of design teams throughout the industry.
This is the power of Building Information Modelling or BIM, and it is also why a qualified BIM consultant is an essential part of any building project team.
In essence, BIM allows for a digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics of a building. It enables those industry players in different areas of expertise to enjoy the benefits of a shared knowledge base. BIM allows for efficient planning and execution of critical tasks during a facility’s entire lifecycle, from the initial concept to the building’s final demolition.
The use of the BIM approach eliminates silos. In the past, computer aided drawing and modelling would be supplied by the contributing professionals – with the attendant risk of miscommunication and misalignment when those components were combined. However, BIM ensures the seamless integration of information from these diverse sources.
This has a material impact on the return on investment delivered by the project, primarily due to the optimisation of workflow, an attendant reduction in errors, more efficient resource use, and improved information dissemination.
A qualified and professional BIM consultant is pivotal in ensuring that the full power of the IM process is harnessed to ensure better final build quality – and making sure that 3D modelling allows for the efficient running of virtual scenarios to test the integration of the facility systems and processes – even before the ground-breaking takes place.
BIM is a technology (and approach) that has revolutionised the building industry. It is refined and continuously improved, yet another reason that a qualified BIM consultant is necessary for completing any building project.