Updated: Nov 2, 2020
BIM (Building Information Model) is more than just a technology, it consists of all the digital details of the physical project. Using BIM methodology has revolutionized the construction industry and essentially, every participant of the process – investor, architect, contractor, supplier, or manufacturer – can benefit from it.
Here are 6 reasons why:
BIM methodology streamlines all the information required in a project from the model. It simply replaces tedious manual work with automated data generation and supports daily work. So you can forget about frustrating documentation and complicated spreadsheets.
In the past 20 years, the manufacturing industry has seen a 70% increase in productivity (according to research produced by the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, UK, 2017), mainly thanks to the implementation of new technologies. For example, cost estimation is clearer and more accurate - based on a list of materials and additional information on the model, with an automatic update of the costs in case of changes. The schedule, based on time and sequence of planned tasks, enables interactive connection with the model. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
It often happens that drawings are failing to help imagine the design concept properly. Creating a three-dimensional and multidiscipline model allows an accurate presentation of the final result and helps whoever views the model placing the structure in the existing reality. In fact, BIM offers seven dimensions that enable better visualization, which improves the understanding of the project.
3D: Height, width, length, depth
4D: The time it takes to complete each design element
5D: How much it will cost to construct each element
6D: The structure’s environmental impact over time
7D: Estimated facility management costs throughout the structure’s lifecycle
Manufacturers might find BIM an unnecessary technology that complicates the sales process, but it’s actually pretty useful to them. Getting products specified for shop drawing helps architects, design teams, and project managers know about all the data regarding the manufacturers’ products, then they are more likely to select those products and use them within buildings. If they find it easy to get the information about your products and the specific data, they can easily match your products towards the specifications and requirements they have to comply with and are more likely to make an informed decision to choose these products.
Using BIM makes calculations and models more detailed and accurate, and this results in a higher quality structure. And, because the BIM process includes multiple visualization tools, the structure is more aesthetically pleasing. Considering all of the factors mentioned above (efficiency, specification, and visualization), gives the ability to design high-quality buildings that last.
BIM improves communication among AECO market (architecture, engineering, construction and owner) in the project. That’s because BIM provides a system with all of the relevant information—including models, estimates, and design notes— shared and stored from one place. Everyone involved in the project can see the information and offer suggestions of their own. It’s a true collaboration that eliminates information silos and helps architects find the best solutions.
If you want to be on board with the changes currently taking place in the industry you have to move towards BIM. This is where Bimmatch gets in the picture. Using AI and ML BIM methodology, Bimmatch centralizes and automates the procurement process of construction products and materials. In other words, Bimmatch connects you to BIM.