According to a recent article in the Construction Dive, BIM adoption will have annual growth rate of 21.6% from 2016 to 2022, so it seems natural to make it part of your offer.
What is BIM?
BIM or Building Information Modelling is a process involving the detailed digital representation of buildings and their environment. It is far reaching. It allows architects, engineers, owners and builders to visualize the entire lifecycle of the installations, starting with the location before construction begins, through all phases of construction, through building maintenance and all the way to demolition, all in great detail.
As opposed to traditional 2D drawings, BIM can be 3D, 4D (including time) and 5 D (adding costs).
It can also be collaborative and allow all parties on a construction site to plan and visualize the work’s progress together.
What are the benefits of BIM?
- Enhanced profits deriving from higher efficiency
- More accuracy in documentation
- Reduced mistakes and reworks
- Helps stakeholders attain a higher level of collaboration
- Enables faster project completion
- Digital models are easier to share than drawing sets. They can also be shared over the cloud.
- Automates error discovery and correction (such as HVAC running through a beam).
- The building sequence can be planned down to minute detail enabling each of the steps in the construction process to come together seamlessly
- Using digital processes allows you to duplicate structural elements in your design instantaneously, making the design process faster
Currently, industry adoption seems to be growing faster in Europe where there is emphasis on collaboration: all parties involved in the construction of government facilities must use what is called BIM level 2, which states that a single file format be used to exchange project data.
No such requirement yet exists in the United States, but several U.S. government agencies are currently making BIM a mandatory part of their construction projects
It may seem like something that can only apply to big companies but more and more building owners with projects big or small will understand the value of BIM in terms of efficiency and cost effectiveness and come to demand it as a prerequisite.
It also opens the door to the integration of increasingly popular and profitable Smart technologies such as I of T, Building Automation and 3D printing. These are things that designers and owners will wish to integrate into their projects.
BIM is particularly useful for the planning of Mechanical Electrical and Plumbing integration. Because each step in the construction is modeled precisely, you aren’t subject to relying on subcontractors to make ad hoc decisions about how to plan their installation. There is less chance for mistakes and reworks.
Even better, it also allows you to visualize and choose materials that can help you be more efficient. For example, choosing a floor system with open joist construction does away with the unnecessary step of drilling through joists in order to install MEP equipment.
We feel TRIFORCE® open joist is a natural fit with the Time and cost saving values that BIM is all about.