The benefits of using BIM are starting to become more well-known to everyone in the construction trade – not least architects and surveyors.

The technology associated with BIM technology is constantly improving and becoming even more accurate, which is increasing its use in the construction industry. Many architectural and surveying practices have even switched to using 3D CAD design software from 2D CAD as it helps improve design coordination throughout the BIM process.

BIM benefits building surveyors who deal with a project’s technical side, as they need accuracy regarding the physical build. It also helps Quantity Surveyors deal more efficiently with the building project’s financial side. There are lots more benefits of BIM, of course, but in this article, we will focus on some of the main benefits:

#BIM can save you time and money

The BIM process has a structured approach that brings order to construction projects and ensures everyone who needs information has access. This removal of reliance on unverified information makes it less likely that there will be construction errors in the project.

BIM, the Common Data Environment (CDE) and 3D modelling software combine to enable architects to manage, coordinate and distribute all digital project information efficiently. The BIM process also defines everyone’s role within the project, outlines what they are responsible for, and lays out the optimum timings for when their tasks are due.

BIM’s benefits to architects are that tools such as clash detection and document version control free them up to become more focused on designing creative solutions to building issues.

#BIM allows architects to visualise the end building

Working with BIM encourages architects to use reality capture technologies such as 3D models and point clouds to provide real insight at the design and planning stage. It also allows architects to be more creative with their design ideas as they can evaluate all of the associated pros and cons before a brick is laid.

#BIM improves design coordination

Measured survey data is often incorporated into the BIM process, providing critical design information. The BIM methodology helps architects to manage a complex design process involving a large number of people.

BIM is inherently a collaborative process that everyone involved in the project needs to buy into, but if they do, there will be improved communication and more clearly defined workflows.

#BIM increases productivity

The digital project model used within BIM can precisely communicate concepts and spatial information through accurate real-life visualisations. This enables the architect, surveyor, building engineer and building contractor to work together cohesively with fewer mistakes.

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