Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a challenge to fully grasp for a surprisingly simple reason: At its core, it’s a form of systems thinking. A full system designed to facilitate interactions between architects, engineers, customers and construction firms, BIM uses a set of common standards and shared information.
Ask anyone who has worked on a construction site or manufacturing process; they’ll tell you how difficult it is to imagine a complex system as a whole. Managing the system of a company or process presents its own challenges often leading to huge inefficiencies. Managers need more perspective to be able to see these issues.
What makes BIM such a game changer for the construction industry is that, if implemented well, it’s an integrated and open system. While BIM may seem daunting at first, it’s changing construction. Here are seven key ways that BIM can save your firm money and kickstart your architectural business.
Collaboration may be a major buzzword, but its benefits are pretty clear, particularly in the construction industry. One of the key goals of BIM is to promote collaboration by creating consistent information models throughout the design and construction process, along with greater standardization. The result is less waste and fewer costly revisions on projects.
This is because the building information models allow members of various teams to check in with each other at regular intervals and ensure that designs, systems and structures are coordinated. This makes it easier to know what other people are working on and also how much progress they have made on their work. This collaborative process ties into the time-saving aspects of BIM.
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