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6 Critical Reasons you should be talking about Building Information Modeling

Posted by: | Posted on: May 30th, 2014

Building information modeling allows architects, builders, engineers and developers to gain better control over their projects, and is set to become the standard operating procedure for construction projects of varying scales and complexities. AEC industry is abuzz with the high value BIM provides. This is why construction firms are increasingly investing in Outsourcing BIM Services to streamline their projects and document each and every process in detail right from the conceptualization, design and fabrication to facility management, renovation and demolition stages.

However, several firms still depend on the traditional methods, for construction project documentation and planning. This is because they are still not aware of how BIM can help them manage workflows, visualize information, estimate construction costs accurately and hence get the best returns against the investments in BIM.

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6 critical reasons why you need to outsource BIM services. Building information modeling:

  • Ensures improved access to information
    Building information models are bottomless cabinets where highly detailed information can be fed. This information can be visualized by architects, engineers, fabricators and contractors hence, facilitate firm and informed decisions.
  • Enables effective handling of “what if” scenarios and risk mitigation
    BIM integrates MEP details, structural information, cost estimation, material takeoffs, and construction schedules all into a single architectural model. Hence, clashes between disciplines at any given point of time can be detected. Analyzing what if scenarios and early clash detection, helps resolve issues and mitigate risks.
  • Facilitates lean construction and energy efficiency
    BIM is an information pool that can be used to effectively measure energy consumption in a building, and for material take offs and quantitative analysis of several building and construction components that are required for a construction project. It can be also used to effectively analyze the accrued costs with each schedule. This capability of BIM can be leveraged for a lean construction and to achieve an energy efficient building.
  • Allows superior project planning and logistics
    The ability of BIM to support critical workflows, identify and resolve what if scenarios identify clashes and mitigate risks ensures superior project handling. As mentioned earlier, the cascading effects of even the smallest change are reflected across the BIM model. Construction schedules can be thus be effectively planned using BIM and the accrued cost estimates at every stage can also be viewed and managed. As BIM facilitates effective coordination, quantity take offs and cost estimation, this allows construction managers plan and schedule their projects well.
  • Supports effective facility management
    BIM can be integrated with computer aided maintenance management system to aid facility management. Conflicts and requirements that arise due to changing spatial requirements can also be addressed by using BIM as an O&M tracking tool.
  • Makes repair and renovation work management easy and organized
    When a building reaches a stage, where repair or renovation is required, a BIM model provides all the information of mechanical, electrical and plumbing layouts and structural details. This helps avoid any irregularities and plan the renovation work without disrupting the existing MEP systems and structure of the building.

BIM is constantly evolving, and AEC firms need to keep pace with these changing trends. BIM service providers like Hi-Tech Outsourcing Services, have the best in-house resources to cater to comprehensive BIM requirements of their clients. Off- shoring BIM requirements to service providers who have more than a decade of experience in delivering higher levels of BIM expertise, enables AEC firms enjoy optimum BIM benefits at the lowest investments.

Bhushan Avsatthi
About the Author: Bhushan Avsatthi is a BIM expert, a certified Sustainable Building advisor, and an associate director with more than 15 years of industry experience. He leads a team of architects, Structural & MEP engineers, LEED consultants and energy modelers. Bhushan strives to make his organization a cohesive resource for sustainable building design. He regularly participates in green initiatives like tree plantations, and promotes using bicycles for everyday commute.

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