Building Information Modeling or BIM has brought about a colossal transformation in the AEC industry. It is a digital representation of the physical and functional distinctiveness of a facility. A BIM model works as a collective knowledge resource for information about the proposed facility creating a basis for unswerving and proper decisions throughout its life-cycle, from existing till its demolition.
It has been playing an essential role in large scale architectural firms, because for them the benefits for the up gradation to the latest technology is known already. But what is important is that, there is an immense need to convince a lot of very small firms, who work traditionally and most of the times they use CAD. This is because switching technologies can be a daunting task, especially with companies that operate on really stringent budgets. Right now, a lot of architects are using BIM, with the ever mounting demands from the industry. From having BIM in a company because it was a new expertise and it was nice to have it at work, right now, being equipped with BIM is a necessity because time is more valuable in today's world.
Reasons for using BIM:
- Expediency and preparation: BIM allows architects, contractors and consultants to work with the same information integrated in one model. This enables everyone to maintain a good communication and take collective decisions and in turn expedites the process and helps in better preparation. This has resulted in such good results from clients, that a 3D model is something that is expected for every presentation and project right now. It has been perceived too that a 3D model always puts a better impression on clients or stakeholders than 2D designs.
- Shortened feedback loops: While just working on CAD, it is important to take into account the fact that it is not a responsive modeling program. This means that, if there are any changes to be made to the drawing set, the architect will have to take valuable time and go through each drawing to make updates. This also increases the probability of user errors. Whereas, BIM software recognizes changes three dimensionally and results in all the drawings getting restructured at the same time allowing architects to do more important duties.
- BIM is the future: Due to various governments BIM mandates and the prevalent use of BIM modeling, it has become the universal custom now. There have been new productivity updates for BIM programs that have augmented the capabilities of the software. This has obviously led to a massive breach in the traditional and the modern way of the business. In the meantime, the architects will also grasp on to their clients and continue to stipulate more descriptive models and images but owing to the new technology, they will be less eager to pay for the long hours needed to make corrections on drawing sets one by one. Firms who are using only CAD still now, might find themselves at a loss now, because they will not be able to afford the services that the clients require.
- BIM helps in marketing your firm: In today's world, presentation and visuals play an indispensible role in conveying the desired perception of the company. BIM can help create both the images and the documents needed to publicize the company's abilities and accomplishments.
- Building trust and loyalty: The only three things that matter to the clients are quality, cost and time. All of these three are covered when a company uses BIM. Once the project is accomplished within the stipulated time and delivered within the quoted budget and is of superior quality, the only thing it will lead to is long lasting client relationships.
- Compete with larger firms: BIM is that accessory for small firms which will create a level playing field while competing with larger firms for clients and projects. In such scenarios, BIM, works as a strong advertising proposition for the firm as it harps on the experience and skills of the firm rather than the size.
Thus, in a fast paced world of today, BIM discards needless hours of work and paces up the speed of the work done and enhances quality and precision irrespective of the size of the firm.
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