Building Information Modeling is disrupting the construction industry. A lot of big organizations are adopting the technology because of its numerous advantages. On one hand, big players are reaping the benefits of the technology, the other part of the market shy away from it, as the reason is the misconceptions that they have in their minds.

One of the most common misconceptions about BIM is that it’s a technology useful for Designers and Architects as it provides the 3D Visualization of the project. But it is just the half-truth, and therefore it is more dangerous than knowing nothing about it.

BIM is not only a technology, but it is way more than that. It is a process that aligns all the stakeholders like Architects, Engineers, Designers, Contractors, and Clients all together on a single platform to provide seamless coordination and communication to everyone, resulting in a highly effective process and better outcomes.

Therefore, not only the Architects and Designers but also the Contractors, Engineers, Clients, and all the stakeholders can reap the benefits of this amazing technology.

An 83% of the Expert BIM users have experienced a Positive ROI.
- Source: McGraw Hill Report

Here are the Top 5 Benefits of BIM

1. Project Visualization

We believe in what we see. That is why visualizing the model in front of your eyes is the best kind of presentation. It is not always possible to visualize the final design through paper and 2D Visualization techniques. Therefore, BIM tools allow everyone to experience the final output of the project even before the shovel hits the ground. One can view the model right from the floors, walls, interior to the sunlight exposure of every wall of the structure.

Following are the Advantages of Pre-Visualization of the Final Design of the Project

  • Minimize the Design Errors.
  • Saves a lot of time due to the Minimal Reworking.
  • Provides a better experience for everyone.
  • Cost-Effective due to minimum Wastage of Material and Reworking.

2. Pre-Cost Estimations

Many AEC firms are using model-based cost estimations to calculate the cost of the project in the initial stages. Using the tools such as Autodesk’s Revit and BIM 360 Docs, one can automate several time-consuming repetitive tasks in the cost calculation.

Following are the Advantages of Pre-cost Estimations

  • Timesaving
  • Minimizes Errors
  • Cost and Resources Efficiency

3. Easy Access to the Information

The projects are usually quite complex in the AEC industry as there are several stakeholders involved in a single project. As more people are involved there are multiple sources of information. This creates communication gaps and increases the chances of error. Therefore, the cloud functionality of BIM solves the problem by providing a central database to all the stakeholders. Tools like BIM 360 provide a seamless experience to all the stakeholders involved in the project.

BIM proves a central database, which means a single source of information. It allows the whole team to access the same information at the same time. Any changes in details will be visible to everyone.

Following are the Advantages of a Single Database System

  • Improved Communication & Collaboration
  • Reduced Errors
  • Clash Minimization

4. Shorter Project Life Span

The seamless experience that BIM provides to all the stakeholders. Results into shortening the period of the project. BIM helps to reduce the rework, minimizes the clashes, reduces errors, and provides a better collaborative environment, ultimately fastens the process and reduces its time of completion. Shorted project span means more Cost and Resource Effectiveness.

Following are the Advantages of a Short Project Life Span

  • Reduced Costs and Cost Savings
  • Saves Time
  • Happy Customers

5. Improved Productivity and High-quality Results

The improvised collaborative environments and communication results in improved productivity of the team. A less frustrated and highly motivated team gives high-quality results. The precise planning and proper execution along with the perfect control over the cost gives outstanding outcomes.

Advantages of Improved Productivity

  • More Revenue
  • Happy Clients & Team
  • High-quality Results

The process of BIM creates a win-win situation for everyone. It is the reason why it is being widely adopted in the AEC industry. A Report by McGraw Hill says that 83% of the expert BIM users have experienced a Positive ROI.

Bursting the myths in your mind, it’s your time to reap the benefits of the revolutionary technology called Building Information Modelling or BIM.

Anjaly Sebastian

Anjaly Sebastian is the Junior BIM Engineer at BIMEX Engineers. She is responsible for BIM Modeling, BIM based Coordination and Shop Drawing production from BIM. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Albertian Institute of Science & Technology, Kalamassery. Apart from her work, she enjoys listening music, travelling and spend time with nature.

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