Building Information Modeling: Benefits Galore


May 29, 2015

The AEC Associates Building Information Modeling is a relatively new concept in building construction that allows all the stakeholders involved in the project to share the relevant information with each other. BIM makes the whole process more efficient and less error-prone. 
It is in a way the next step forward for the industry that moved from the times of cumbersome 2D design methods into the era of fast and accurate 3D design with the introduction of 3D CAD software. Now BIM Modeling services have the potential of providing even more opportunities to all the stakeholders to use a process that is more accurate and more efficient than any existing building system.

BIM is a revolutionary concept, it represents the physical and functional characteristics of the building process in a digital form. This way it is able to offer a more comprehensive overview of the entire building process. 

As mentioned above, Building Information Modeling is a shared information resource for all the data for a building project, thus  it forms a reliable basis for decision making during the entire life-cycle of the building right from the earliest design concept to the demolition stage.

More holistic overview:

The introduction of 3D CAD software ensured that the users could work in three dimensions: width, height and depth, however, BIM extends the scope further to five dimensions now. It introduces time as the fourth dimension and cost as the fifth. Building Information Modeling is able to present a more holistic overview of the building process going beyond mere geometric form. 
It covers each individual component of the process; from the geometrical aspect of the design to spatial relationship, provision of services to vital geographic and topographic information, and in addition, quantities and time schedules.

Powerful design tools:

BIM provides powerful design tools that enable the user to extract different views from a building model and produce top-quality drawings. 
These views are based on single definition of each object instance, thus the drawings give a very realistic idea of the final structure.

Efficient workflow:

BIM Modeling services introduce a design process that is very simple and smooth as it defines objects as parameters and relations to other objects. As a result, all the associated objects are automatically altered when an object is altered. 
Attributes can be allocated to each model component, so they can be selected and ordered automatically. BIM also enables efficient material tracking and ordering.

Many professionals still feel reluctant to adopt Building Information Modeling as it is a complex process, however, it makes the whole building process very simple and offers multiple advantages to all the stakeholders.
It can improve efficiency, safeguard vital information and improve coordination between all stakeholders, in short, it’s the future of the AEC industry.

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