BIM (Building Information Modeling) is information modeling of buildings and structures, in which a volumetric 3D model is created, where each object is associated with the information database of the project and has assignable, interdependent attributes.
BIM technologies allow you to combine all building construction stages – from design to commissioning – into one clear and transparent system, where each change is recorded and entails other changes. Using a BIM model, you can create a “digital twin” of the real object to simulate different scenarios on it and discover all possible outcomes.
The creation of an information model can be conditionally divided into two stages:
- Development of primary design elements (building materials, equipment items, etc.), which are directly related to the construction site but are produced outside the construction site;
- Modeling what is created on the construction site (foundation, columns, floors, walls, facades, roof, and much more).
Design is carried out in innovative software environments that support parametric modeling and collaboration of different specialists. Such systems make it possible to quickly organize large teams of designers on one project, identify collisions and design errors before construction begins, and eliminate them on time.
The presence of a digital model makes it possible to determine the need for building materials with the utmost accuracy and to work out various options for solutions and finishes, which allow you to manage the cost of construction accurately.
The construction process itself becomes transparent and predictable: based on a BIM model, you can make a complete construction schedule, send the necessary equipment at a specific time, understand which contractor is doing what works, and control the volume and quality of completed projects.
Moreover, the same model enters the operation phase and is the basis for a full-fledged smart home. Thus, BIM manages the entire life cycle of a building and structure.
Why Choose BIM?
BIM modeling in construction has enormous advantages, as it allows you to use a virtual node to harmonize various elements and systems of the future structure and to check their viability, performance, and functional suitability.
It should be noted that BIM is still not a “magic wand” that instantly solves all the problems associated with the design of energy-efficient buildings. Only highly qualified designers who have both the skills of working in information modeling systems and deep knowledge of energy efficiency can create such a project using BIM.
Before starting the transition to digital information modeling technology, you need to give a clear answer to a very important question – why do you need all this? If you implement this transition without careful consideration, it will only lead to an increase in labor costs for the project, increased terms, and even a decrease in the project and engineering solutions’ quality. So why could such modern and useful technology lead to such unpredictable consequences?
Requirements for a Successful BIM Project
It is important not to forget about the design’s goals when necessary to create a stable, comfortable, and effective building that will please the eye for many years and fulfill its direct purpose. It is required at reasonable construction costs to ensure the building’s high energy efficiency, the convenience of its maintenance, and the comfort of people. A comprehensive multivariate engineering analysis of information should be carried out during the design process.
For the effective work of a team of engineers, it is necessary to possess specialized tools to create a digital information model and conduct technical engineering analysis.
There are many attempts to save money on the purchase of specialized software and its internal developments. Based on experience, this approach does not always provide the desired result.
Another reason may be the wrong approach to the development of specialized software. When there is no correct documentation process, setting tasks will be almost impossible to develop its product further.
Also, special attention should be paid to the correctness of engineering calculations and setting tasks. Often, not every designer will correctly set a charge for the programmer, develop a scheme and algorithm for engineering calculations, and then check the results. Such attempts often take companies years of staff-hours, which are paid out of the business owner’s pocket. Besides, such tasks are non-core for the mainline of business.
Benefits of BIM Implementation
The use of BIM technology in construction implies an integrated approach at all levels of the construction process and has its advantages at each level.
- 3D visualization. It informs investors, contractors, future tenants, and inspection authorities about the object’s state.
- Centralizing knowledge. A BIM model holds all necessary building data.
- Saving time. The use of BIM approaches in design significantly reduces the time required for the preparation of design documentation.
- Dealing with errors. The use of BIM technology reduces the likelihood of errors by identifying inconsistencies in engineering systems and communications within the design, not during the facility’s construction or commissioning.
- Visualization. By using visual calculations of building structures, the development of engineering complexes can be done using existing bases of typical structures and assemblies.
- Manage data. By changing the project’s financial parameters or labor costs in the catalogs of specifications, you can adjust the construction cost indicators.
- Save money. The introduction of BIM technology in the design reduces cash costs and shortens the time for putting the building into operation.
- Competitive advantage. A building designed and built using BIM technology is easy to rent or sell at better terms than a building constructed using traditional methods and technologies. This is explained by the fact that it is easier and more efficient to operate a facility with a ready-made operational model.
How BIM Can Help Your Business
BIM technologies have several undeniable advantages. Companies that widely use information modeling in their activities always look more profitable in the eyes of customers. Due to the high level of automation, fewer errors and collisions in the project, and a huge number of new opportunities (for example, modeling the energy consumption of a future facility), designers can achieve much more impressive results. Information modeling also speeds up construction and design processes, reducing the cost of building an object through high-quality design.
According to studies, BIM technology has these effects (as opposed to traditional ones):
Speeds Up Decision-Making
- Reduces design time by 20-50%
- Project verification time is reduced by 6xCoordination and approval of the project is reduced by up to 90%
- Investment phase is reduced by half
Improves Development and Operational Costs
- Reduces construction time by 20-50%
- Reduces construction and operation costs by up to 30%
Prevents Future Errors
- Reduces the probability of errors and faults in project documentation by up to 40%
- Allows you to reduce budget faults by 4x when planning
However, BIM implementation is a long, complex, and costly process. Employees of design organizations painfully perceive the transition to new technologies, while the organization itself is experiencing difficulties – the structure changes, unique specialties appear, huge funds are spent on the purchase of software, and the productivity of specialists is extremely low at first.
Professional consulting support from Intetics experts will help smooth the transition to building information modeling. We will help identify and implement priority tasks and form the necessary instructions.
BIM Technology by Intetics
Over the past few years of integrating BIM technology in construction, Intetics experts have gained invaluable experience in applying this technology to all design and construction work stages, which we are glad to share. By choosing to work with us, you will get:
- A well-designed and detailed BIM model
- Smooth integration of BIM into your work process
- High level of flexibility
- Timely delivery and successful execution
- Proven track record
Many construction professionals are underestimating the value of BIM. Reach out to us and learn how our insight can help to significantly improve the efficiency of your business.