BIMming is winning
Everyone in the AEC industry is familiar with the acronym BIM nowadays. Whether you work in a BIM process workflow or not, there’s no way to ignore it. A temporary trend or a logical next step in an ever-changing digital world? Let’s dig a little deeper and find out
While a misconception exists that BIM is “just” about 3D modelling, it is important to note that BIM is a way of working. ISO 19650:2019 defines BIM as follows: “The use of a shared digital representation of a built asset to facilitate design, construction and operation processes to form a reliable basis for decisions.”
Whoever has worked on a building project knows for sure: the bigger the project, the more collaboration and the more communication is required. And collaboration and communication are the cornerstones of BIM.
Bringing information together
By bringing together in one place all information about every part of a building, BIM allows anyone to access that information at any given moment. This leads to an output known as a Building Information Model. Updates of such a model can happen continuously and in a way that everyone in the project stays updated. Because the project is already built virtually, the physical construction of the building is better prepared and possible challenges can be overcome in an earlier stage, leading to higher efficiency and less risks on site.
As already briefly mentioned, working with a BIM process workflow implies many practical advantages for everyone involved. The collaboration and communication between stakeholders, from architects and modellers to structural engineers and draughtsmen, improves significantly. Everyone works on an up-to-date model, which naturally leads to fewer errors, less rework and increased efficiency. Because of the accuracy of the detailed model, better estimations can be made, leading to better cost optimisation and to less waste from a material perspective too. The project as a whole benefits from BIM since an improvement in build quality can be noticed.