BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING (BIM)
One of the major changes for the construction industry within recent years has been the implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM). BIM has replaced traditional blueprints with fully detailed, intelligent, and interactive 3D models. At BIM’s core, lies information management which brings together all necessary information about the project into one collaborative place. Modelling an asset in digital form overcomes the problem of contractors and clients working in isolation. This past approach typically led to multiple inaccurate versions of construction plans being disseminated to the construction team This only increased confusion but caused additional rework, both on the documents and in the field. With Building Information Modelling, there has been a shift in the working paradigm that mitigates these antiquated issues.
Now with cloud-based BIM Modeling everyone can work in tandem to achieve the same end goal in an efficient manner. The ability for the project team to view the same model, whether onsite or offsite, provide comments and markups, without worry of file versioning, ensures a smoother, streamlined approach, with a full version history of the projects evolution. This functionality allows all stakeholders to stay updated on the slightest change, making coordination and management far easier than with traditional design methods.
The advantages of modeling a building in 3D during the initial stages of the project allows the owner, general contractor, and design team to picture the structure holistically, in a real world environment, visualizing their projects at different times of day, and adjusting to increase the overall aesthetics of the structure while also increasing energy efficiency. Additionally, utilizing Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, you can make design changes to enhance the user experience prior to construction.
The advantages of using BIM during the construction process go far beyond the advantages of visualizing the building prior to construction. BIM allows for coordination of all the different trades prior to the shovel hitting the dirt. By using the model as the testing ground, it allows contractors to make design modifications and mitigate many of the issues that plague large scale construction projects. This not only decreases change orders (& associated cost overruns) but allows for a smoother, more efficient construction process, decreasing time to completion and the financial risks associated with liquidation damages.
Our drafting department is highly skilled at providing both design and as-build deliverables in a multitude of different formats. Our in-house professionals are proficient in Microsoft Visio, Google Sketchup, Autodesk AutoCAD & Revit and take tremendous pride in producing concise construction documents.