How Is BIM Changing The Construction Industry?

BIM, or building information modeling, has been nothing short of extraordinary in the architecture, engineering, and construction fields.

BIM is an all-encompassing method that revolutionizes the entire process of a construction project from start to finish for project teams.

Its most defining feature is advanced 3D modeling created in a shared cloud storage space.

This allows everyone involved to operate using the same synchronized model, so changes are made and updated in real time.

In the article below, we will discuss more in-depth how BIM is changing the industrial construction industry.

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What is BIM, and What Does It Have to Offer?

Building Information Modeling is an advanced technology that allows the collaboration of different processes between project owners.

The processes can be physical to functional aspects during the construction process.

BIM also makes it possible to construct the whole building in a virtual environment with every component on a computer.

This reduces the number of errors substantially.

When components are constructed on a computer, the team of engineers can detect the design clashes and resolve them.

When the design is finalized, you will have a flawless construction outlay.

BIM offers efficiency and quality at a minimal cost.

It's an excellent tool that can be used in project management to plan, design, operate, manage, and complete projects with minimal errors.


Revamping The Modeling Process

BIM's biggest impact on the construction industry has to be the complete revamp of the modeling process.

While 3D models aren't anything new in the industry, the density of information stored in that model is what is so revolutionary.

A master model created using traditional methods is often only able to show the shape of the building.

A BIM model can include information like materials, electrical wiring, piping, and other details.

Models created will also include a fourth dimension: time.

BIM models have a timeline of the project attached.

This helps people in leadership roles and workers stay on track and better estimate a completion date.

All of these elements in the model of the final building make estimates even more precise.


Improving The Labor Shortage In the industrial construction Industry

BIM technology may even be able to address the skilled labor shortage in the construction industry.

Autodesk is incorporating gaming technology into its BIM solutions, hoping to entice younger people into the industry.

Younger workers could see BIM as an exciting opportunity to use new technology in a field that allows them to build things in the real world.


Improved Cooperation With BIM

The ability to allow construction teams to operate using the same model that updates in real-time greatly reduces the need for rework.

Any possible mistakes will be detected in a BIM model before work even begins, even across trades.

That will save time and money that would have been wasted correcting those mistakes during the building construction.

The virtually prepared BIM Model of the entire building means that everyone connected to the project will know the project scope in real time.


Reduced Construction Costs and Inventory Management

Building information modeling has even changed the way that construction projects are financed.

Software programs used with BIM technology allow for the inclusion of inventory down to the finest detail.

This allows project managers to track costs more closer than ever.

Cost estimates can change in real time as plans change, improving final cost estimates.


The Benefits Are For Everyone

BIM has made the job of architects, fabricators, contractors, MEP Engineers, Owners, civil engineers, and structural engineers easier than before.

Anyone in those fields can understand the BIM Model even with a little knowledge about it.

Fabricators can understand the type of material to be used along with knowing the dimensions.

The MEP engineers can collaborate and coordinate better with the structural designer of the building.

Manufacturers will learn the material requirements and delivery schedule beforehand.

Every department that is working on the project will benefit from the BIM Model.


Contact STEVENS For Your Construction Needs

It's an exciting time to be in the construction industry.

With BIM, the future of the construction industry is very bright.

Backed by over 75 years of quality, commitment, and experience, STEVENS strives to be the preferred industrial engineer and constructor of choice.

To learn more about how STEVENS can help with your industrial construction project, click on the button below to see what they can do for you.


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About The Author


I'm Ben Sparhawk, the Content Writer and Marketing Account Manager for the esteemed STEVENS company. As someone passionate about crafting captivating content, I take great pride in creating pieces that highlight STEVENS' capabilities and communicate the depth and breadth of their outstanding work.

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