In my last post, I talked about how BIM projects can help you avoid many problems that plague traditional construction (hence the “measure twice, cut once” in the title). In this one, I’ll talk about why the adoption of BIM in residential construction is just a matter of time and why you should get ready to adopt this technology.
Customers want BIM projects
Building owners and promoters already know that BIM-based design and construction is far better than a traditional process. They know BIM projects will stop them from wasting money on delays, change orders and bickering between the different professional orders. Without a doubt, every time they can choose a BIM project, they will.
So where does that leave you if you don’t adopt it?
A BIM project is so much more than 3D planning and visualization. It is all the data that goes with it.
- Because it can simultaneously access the different levels of design such as structural, MEP, finishing, etc., it helps you eliminate any clashes between structural elements like joists and beams and MEP elements like ducting wiring or plumbing.
- BIM visualization enables customers to make design choices based on very realistic models. Time spent with a customer going through the BIM design process enables you to build validation into your project. Of course, this is also true of the time spent with all other project stakeholders, as well.
- You can run simulations. Input data like the customer’s needs, demographics, and weather. Then, run multiple simulations of the building’s use. This is a powerful tool for design optimization. It will help make the building as efficient and as pleasant as possible.
- If a similar project was designed and built using BIM, you’ll soon be able to import actual data from its construction, commissioning, use, and maintenance to help you improve the new project.
Much more than 3D
The BIM industry describes it as working beyond 3D. It allows you to evaluate construction timelines as well as maintenance scheduling far into the future (4D), how much it will cost to build and to run (5D) and how it will be operated and managed (6D).
The new generation of architects, designers and builders are collaborative. They live in a world that is connected and interactive, in real-time. BIM, as a discipline, is a natural extension of this. With the advent of the Internet of Things (IofT), buildings themselves will be more connected and gather data, which in turn may feed future designers.
Not as far off as you think
Does this sound over the top for residential construction? Well, if I were to describe a present day smart phone to you in the 1980s, you would dismiss it as useless to your job. Yet, you use one now. Can you go without it?
Technology is in the process of quickly changing construction. BIM is already here and it will get easier to use very quickly, to accommodate the residential construction industry.
Better start investigating it now.