BIM is not just a tool in the construction industry. It represents a technology-driven collaborative environment in which construction project teams can work together. Though, it begins with the engineers and architects, but, when optimally utilized, it includes the entire construction project team.
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With the modern day BIM tools, the construction industry is on the verge of making a paradigm shift and many underlying changes, not just in the way the construction “projects” were drawn, but also how they are managed, scheduled, budgeted and estimated, right from the beginning to the end. With the evolution of BIM technology, the MEP engineers, civil engineers, architects and structural engineers need not to deal with 2D sketches.
The architects, general contractors and engineers who are aware of the capabilities of the BIM are leveraging it for an array of functionalities instead of limiting it to generate just the 3D models of the construction projects. When the right BIM implementation, any construction project irrespective of its scale and complexity can become successful. Know more about our Building Information Modeling Services
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Here are the top BIM offerings that building construction professionals must utilize to achieve efficiency.
Performance Optimization of HVAC and MEP Systems
Today, there are several government policies which accentuate on constructing the green buildings (energy efficient) which can reduce the carbon footprint. For such buildings to be constructed successfully, the MEP engineers are required to deliver the buildings which operate with minimum energy consumption.
The technologically advanced countries like Dubai have already started investing in buildings with low energy consumption and there are many buildings in these nations capable of saving up to 30% of electricity.
The RELUX and eQuest are a few software that facilitates energy modeling solutions to aid the designers in planning HVAC and MEP layouts in an optimized manner.
Another problem with achieving energy efficiency in a building is that the maintenance works can be quite repetitive and it’s a bit difficult to pinpoint the exact location requiring maintenance. To sort this problem, construction engineers can leverage BIM which allows the generation of lifetime virtual models for storing and preserving the information pertaining building maintenance, operations, component status, parts replacement and the warranty data.
Building Materials Quantity and Cost Estimation
After organizing and streamlining the construction sequence, the bigger challenge for contractors is to develop an accurate and detailed estimate for the building materials order quantity as well as its cost.Earlier structural prototypes were used in the construction industry, which wasn’t able to deliver the most accurate estimate. But, BIM can easily solve this problem.The BIM experts integrate the drawing inputs and then, develop the estimates of the required quantity for generating the construction documents, BOM (Bills of Materials) and the RFIs for getting quantity takeoffsThe 5D BIM models can be used to calculate an accurate cost for the construction project accounting for the cost of each building product that will be used during the course of construction, right from the bricks used for the foundation of the building to the final paint on the walls. By adding the labor cost to this estimate, one can place the right bids for the construction project.
Organization and Streamlining the Activities As per Lean Scheduling
To achieve success in any construction project, it’s vital to plan and organize all the activities before the implementation of the plan. Here 4D BIM models can be of great significance.
One of the biggest advantages of BIM in the construction industry is that the 4D BIM models facilitate the visualization of the entire construction project, including all its phases as well as the series of the events. The 4D BIM can be used to develop and exhibit a time of construction milestones and advancements on-site to investors and contractors. It enables efficient management during the project with the prior planning of all the construction activities.
Organizing all the onsite construction activities with the help of information-rich BIM models enable correct decision making for reducing risks, optimum resource deployment and supply chain management. Above all, while streamlining the construction activities, the BIM helps in detecting and resolving clashes in MEP, structural or architectural designs.
With BIM, one can generate the simulations showcasing the real-time construction sequencing enabling right cost estimation and efficient building construction. Indeed, there are a plethora of benefits of BIM in the construction industry.
BluEnt‘s construction professionals are well-versed with all the BIM offerings and implement them to improve their construction efficiency, project completion time and overall output. With the use of advanced technology frameworks, our BIM experts deliver the best-in-class BIM outsourcing services that are second to none in quality.