BIM boon for a better AEC Industry

The Architecture Engineering Construction (AEC) industry is at present increasingly looking at ways to prevent waste, reduce costs, improve productivity, and creates positive results. In a situation like this, Building Information Modeling (BIM) come up fast as an effective means of organizing project teams to achieve a lean construction.

Building Information Modeling (BIM), plays a significant role in the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) process. It enhances communication between members of the AEC industry involved in building projects.

BIM supports the efforts of IPD for ensuring a lean project delivery. It enables integration of design and input from the involved parties. Such parties include engineers, architect and other trades involved in the process. BIM creates an intelligent virtual model of the project. With the help of inputs from all relevant parties, such a model facilitates the installation and managing of a building facility.

The BIM technology can be used in a variety of domains. Major players in the BIM industry are utilizing the technology in an innovative way to come up with effective building solutions. Sougato Banerjee, Project Manager at Pinnacle Infotech, a market leader in BIM solutions, said, “Clash coordination (through BIM) eliminates field generated change orders and saves cost.” He holds that BIM reduces time to solve field generated issues and eliminate unnecessary delay. He also pointed out that prefabrication can be done by BIM to reduce cost and time. BIM also allows accurate quantity take-off which reduces wastage and makes scope for construction scheduling and monitoring the project which again reduces time as well as cost, according to him. “Our clients have reported reduction in costs by 10% – 15% using 3D co-ordination and documentation,” said Mr Banerjee.

BIM offers effective coordination and communication facilities. These help contractors execute a huge portion of their work in fabrication facilities off the job site. The outcome of such prefabrication practices are reduced waste and expense, as well as faster installation. The process also offers a more secure job site, as bulk of the work is done in a workspace that is more organized and controlled.

The construction industry is greatly advancing by using IPD and BIM. This is mainly due to the fact that BIM and IPD make it easier to predict and achieve high-quality outcomes. This is the reality today everywhere in the industry. The result is better teamwork. It also decreases waste and maximizes efficiency, thereby increasing value for the owner. Thus, IPD reduces delivery time and increases project viability.

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