The big benefits of BIM

9 April 2019 Kingspan Insulation Asia

Building information modeling (BIM)

BIM

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a process used by architecture, construction and engineering professionals. Based on a digital representation of physical characteristics of construction, BIM software enables the digitisation of the construction industry by creating an intelligent 3D model of a building. The model contains documents that pertain to every aspect of the products being used in the construction of the building. This 3D model further promotes collaborative work amongst different stakeholders and also works as a digital handover manual for building owners for years to come. 

When used as a collaborative tool for project managers, building designers, contractors and facility managers all in one, BIM offers a full, comprehensive scope. It not only provides information on the building and its components, but it can also be used for scheduling information, and construction timelines. It also has the capability to show any flow-on effects to costs, timing and design when changes are made.

The benefits of adopting BIM are myriad and cut across different disciplines, industries, and people over a project’s lifespan. To give a better understanding of the capabilities of BIM and how it can benefit you in your next project, we have broken down the features and benefits BIM can offer.

Building design

When most people think of BIM they  immediately conjure up an image of an in-depth 3D model. Although this is not all BIM offers, it is the program’s most recognisable feature and arguably is the feature that links all the disciplines together into a centralised space, making BIM what it is.   

Creating an in-depth 3D model from the BIM files provided by suppliers not only provides a better understanding of the building design, but it also gives each party involved in the project a visual reference point to better coordinate themselves.

One of the design features BIM offers has impacted project timelines substantially and that is its ability to pick up on the implications when a change is made. For example, if windows are moved slightly to the left, how will that effect the plumbing and wiring in that section of the building? BIM can identify any changes in schedule, costs or design faults that emerge as a result of the change. 
 

The cost of change

Keeping track of the budget and spend can be hard enough without having to substitute products, cater to changes of mind, or accommodate last minute design changes. However, when BIM is involved, costs and expected spend are automatically updated as a change is made.

Whether you would like to know how much extra labour costs you will be forking out thanks to the bad weather, or just how out of pocket you would be if you upgraded some materials, BIM will be able to run cost analytics as the project develops.

Say goodbye to rough estimates on material quantities and costs, BIM is able to provide an in-depth cost analysis at each stage of the project, regardless of the changes that might develop.
 

Compliance confirmation

Having all the design elements and materials in one centralised system, BIM also provides a comprehensive look at the compliance and compatibility of the building as a whole, as well as its individual components.

It delivers the ability to analyse energy and building sustainability through simulation, while it gauges the regulatory compliance of the building.
 

The construction process

Being able to see the complete design and construction from the get-go allows contractors to have a deeper look in to their plan for construction. BIM enables them to identify risks much earlier in the process, and avoid time consuming and costly mistakes further down the track. Any mistakes or issues can be easily identified early. This allows for any clashes to be resolved before they happen.

With real-time alterations to the schedule as decisions are made on the project, contractors can better plan for labour and input their ideas and considerations into the design directly.

Facility management

BIM works as a facility management model once it has been completed. All the information on each component of the building is gathered and kept in the BIM file, ready to access, edit and update as required. From a facility manager’s point of view, BIM is incomparable to any other available software and has quickly become the bible for facility managers globally.  

It doubles as an effective costing tool when sourcing information on replacements, repairs, or renovations to the building. As time progresses, the files can be updated and the actual performance of the building can be documented indefinitely.
 

Improved safety

When BIM is involved works site can benefit largely from pre-determined schedules, thought out construction plans, and current updates. These benefit can ultimately result in a safer work site due to a more structured and planned construction process. Contractors are able to properly plan for construction and identify any safety risks before they eventuate.

Clear communication and instruction on the steps of the project also makes for a tidier work site as it encourages a higher level of prefabrication.
Using BIM methodology to promote a more collaborative project management through a centralised 3D building model offers many benefits to all the parties involved and at all the steps of the projects. For this reason, Kingspan Insulation Australia offers BIM files for all the products in its Kooltherm and KoolDuct range. To obtain these files simply navigate to the specific product page and access them in the Downloads tab under Product Information.

If you need any further assistance, please get in touch with our Technical Services team by calling +65 981 35 498 or emailling info@kingspaninsulation.asia
 

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