BIM is one of the most discussed areas of construction at the moment, especially when it comes to the role it can play in strategy. The MEP BIM Coordination Services that we, as a BIM company offer, for example, can help with integrating all of the different aspects of a project. It can also help ensure the design is the most effective it can be, by helping to ensure costs are effectively estimated and any problems are ironed out before they become significant issues.
We are huge advocates of BIM here at The CAD Room as we believe it can offer a wide range of benefits for any construction companies. Here are some of the top benefits we have identified:
#1 Accurate Estimation of Time and Costs
Project costs and the duration of the project are two of the main factors that can affect how successful a construction project is. A BIM services model can help to calculate costs and time accurately during the planning and design phases while eliminating human error. Being able to obtain a reliable estimate of such figures at this early stage can help to enhance the effectiveness of both finance and planning – which is always a good thing.
#2 Cost Reduction
Another task that is essential to the success of any construction project is being able to assess raw material quantities accurately. In the past, volumes have been estimated through the use of CAD drawings which usually leads to under or overestimation. The programmes associated with BIM can undertake this task in a much more accurate and precise way, helping to reduce costs related to the lack of raw materials or waste. Having the confidence to purchase materials can help project managers to negotiate better deals and ensure materials are always on hand throughout the course of the project.
#3 Effective Communication
A lot of the problems that have been seen in construction projects in the past have come down to a lack of communication, leading to avoidable errors being made and an increase in costs. Using BIM means that all parties on the project are integrated into one cohesive team who work collaboratively. BIM coordination in the planning phase means you will have a standard and a unified list of project objectives right from the get-go, meaning all teams should be aligned from the start.
#4 Quick Redesign of Facilities
It is quite common in construction that the final building is different from what the initial plan suggested, and there are probably many design changes along the way. Using BIM means the structure can easily be visualised in the planning stage, allowing all of the parties involved to analyse the design as they go – meaning any issues or design changes can be ironed out before the first brick is laid.
As you can see, using BIM services means that your construction project will be much more efficient and faster. In fact, we believe that the more widespread the adoption of BIM technology is, the more the construction industry will benefit.