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Whether you work in the architectural or construction industries or have any relationship with these fields, you’ve likely heard of the term “BIM.” In this piece, we’re going to take a look at the basics of what BIM software technology is and how it assists construction professionals every day.

What is BIM?

BIM is an acronym for Building Information Modeling. These software systems are capable of providing highly detailed three-dimensional models for business developers, architects, engineers, and construction professionals. These model systems are also capable of helping engineers and construction specialists predict how a structure will respond to a variety of events and scenarios. 

How is BIM different from other 3D model technologies?

CAD 3D modeling and computer-based design have been around for many decades. What sets BIM apart from these technologies is its ability to provide a wide variety of information. Beyond simply giving the user a preview of building design, BIM technology allows for a vast array of data about the structure’s design, materials, and even potential vulnerabilities during significant events.

How is BIM used?

BIM technology is used by a variety of building design and construction professionals throughout the life cycle of the property’s development.

Visual Design

BIM can be used to provide a visual representation of property design. These 3D designs can be used to give property owners or developers an understanding of the aesthetic qualities and dimensions of a specific project.

Development Timeline

Because BIM technologies incorporate building designs and materials into immensely detailed models, these models can be used to calculate the requirements impacting the timelines of construction initiatives.

Construction and Development Costs

When every material can be accounted for within a BIM construction model, this means that the cost of labor and materials can be accurately calculated.

Property Operations

BIM models can be used to carefully design the necessary utilities for a property as well as calculate their efficiency over time concerning the building’s design and use.

Energy Efficiency

Accounting for the materials and construction of a property, a BIM model can help developers calculate the energy efficiency of a building even before construction.

Safety Plans

Taking into account doorways, hallways, entrances, exits, and the flammability of materials, BIM models assist property developers and managers in establishing safety protocols. BIM models can help predict the spread of fire, the collection of floodwaters, the accumulation of gases, smoke spread, and the effect of severe weather. These data points help officials develop emergency evacuation routes or shelter protocols in the event of a significant event.

How BIM Technology Assists Construction Efforts

BIM software systems allow construction professionals to predict both the timeframe and costs of ongoing projects accurately. These very accurate materials predictions can help reduce construction waste and allow construction specialists to optimize the management of their crews. Accurate estimations of such events and costs save clients time and money.  

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