The first known references to present-day BIM were made during mid-1980s with the term ‘building models’. During the ten years of transition, from Nederveen and Tolman’s Building information modeling (BIM) to Autodesk’s translation of the same, it emerged as a standard attribution for digital representations of a built asset. Early onset of the third millennium marks actual implementation of BIM software on architectural platforms on a global scale. The industry might be in its infancy stage, but the advanced design tools involved provide a sharp growth edge to competitors in construction industry.
Building information modeling benefits
BIM technology takes the traditional ‘plan, design and implement’ approach multiple notch further. When talking about a five-axes spatial representation in building information modeling, what we see is the projected progress of three-dimensional computer-aided design over associated schedules (time as fourth dimension) and costs (fifth dimension).
It can be conveniently stated that a normalized BIM structure is a single platform for architects, designers, engineers, and contactors to gain data access over the entire project life-cycle.
The BIM model helps -
1. Optimized utilization of space as per building standards,
2. restructure and perfect designs to ensure stability of infrastructure,
3. effectively plan installations and implement designs,
4. make accurate estimations regarding cost and materials.
Once the entire project has been delivered, a six-dimensional model is presented. This contains all external links and supplementary data relevant to each building component, however small or big. It comes handy with regard to maintenance services. Easier to detect possible faults at design stage with simulation software. Air borne drones can map older constructions and generate digital replicas for reconstruction, expansion, or renovation.
Understanding BIM environment
It is the better set of visualizations and fluidity in planning, as enabled by BIM, so as to why AEC industry players are able to remarkably deliver complex projects. Large scale industrial or commercial complexes require a special approach to maintain their feasibility throughout the PLC, when minor discrepancies could magnify to an irredeemable level. Rather than taking chances with projects of colossal investment, opting for a BIM architecture promises greater return on investments (ROI). According to the Government Construction Strategy published by UK Cabinet Office, a collaboratively framed BIM standard could help cut down construction and operational costs by almost 20%.
Mesmerized by quality project deliverance infrastructure planners prefer facilities based on BIM framework. Saying that BIM is the future might be an understatement, since the paradigm shift is occurring right now. Advancements in the field of data management and cloud-based apps hold in store future possibilities to implement BIM in an even pronounced form than what we know now. With sufficient support from government committees and complete induction in the industrial scenario, associated operational costs is the only factor that can possibly restrain growth. However, as the building information modeling market grows competitive, vendors might need to reconsider their overall charges or pile on special features in their offerings.
In lieu of all the opportunities that prevail in favor of the BIM industry analysts predict steady growth for the same on global milieu. A recently published report on “Building Information Modeling (BIM) Market” takes into account exemplary market structure, listing key drivers and restraints to highlight opportunity segments.
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