The AEC Associates Building Information Modeling brings to the table a system that is more efficient and less error prone than all the existing building systems. BIM, as it is commonly known, is slowly getting more widely accepted worldwide as building professionals acknowledge its superiority. During the last decades of the twentieth century, the advent of CAD software greatly improved the workflow of the building professionals giving them freedom from the tedious paper-and-ink manual design and drafting process; however, BIM has the potential to provide even more opportunities to be more accurate, more efficient and more clients friendly.
Building Information Modeling offers a more complete overview of the whole building process and provides more realistic models. It’s a shared information resource where all the stakeholders can add relevant discipline specific information, forming a reliable basis for decision making during its entire life-cycle. Let us discuss some of the advantages the process offers.
· Added dimensions:
3D software facilitates visualizing in three dimensions- width, height and depth- instead of the traditional way of working in two dimensions; BIM adds two more dimensions- cost and time- to make the system even more versatile. Accurate cost estimations and time schedules can be prepared using BIM enabling designers to provide much needed information in advance to their clients.
· More realistic model:
BIM design tools enable creation of views that are based on a single definition of each object instance, thus views extracted from the model are almost lifelike and very accurate. In addition, since objects are defined as parameters in relation to other objects, the dependent objects are altered automatically in case any object is altered.
· Efficient facility management:
Building Information Modeling allows a more efficient facility management. Attributes can be allocated to each model component, making it easier selecting and ordering them automatically. Providing cost estimations and the tasks of material tracking and ordering also become simpler and more efficient using this new age process.
Building Information Modeling is a slightly complex process, but it makes the building process much simpler and smoother. It minimizes the information losses and helps the stakeholders take the right decisions based on the right information.