Building Information Management is slowly becoming the industry standard for managing construction projects. Experts have documented the benefits of BIM during the design and planning phases. However, BIM is beneficial throughout the construction project. Here are some of the top BIM benefits in construction management.
Design Construction Validation
At the core of BIM are 3D models. And these are beneficial during the construction phase for complex site conditions or building design. With this technology, builders can see the final product. And this enables them to decide on the most effective ways to handle construction projects. This technology allows professionals to identify potential clashes between phases, components, site features, and trades.
Construction Cost Estimating
3D models in BIM contain the necessary project information. And this includes performance specifications, products, and materials. As such, a contractor doesn’t have to undertake a prolonged, separate take-off exercise to calculate all quantities. Instead, they can generate a quantity report. Specification and quantities data from the models enable the contractor to create cost estimates for a project tendering quicker and easier.
BIM Informs Construction Scheduling and Sequencing
Advanced 3D model software that allows contractors to plan and simulate construction phases virtually is another BIM benefit. This feature helps contractors in determining the best construction sequence, even for complex projects. It also allows for the trailing of different options before the work commences. And this is useful when calculating the duration a construction activity can take, thereby enhancing precision in construction scheduling.
BIM Supports Off-Site Construction and Prefabrication
Modular construction and prefabrication are becoming common in construction projects. That’s because they shorten the time taken by construction projects while reducing costs and material wastage. What’s more, they enhance labor costs control and quality.
Higher detail level at the design phase makes prefabricating sections viable. The BIM model enables contractors to develop prefabrication drawings, thereby enhancing efficiency in manufacturing processes using digital machines.
Overall, BIM enhances information access and sharing. Real-time access to information during construction enhances productivity while mitigating risks. What’s more, this technology plays a crucial role in project design, scheduling, prefabrication, and other aspects of construction.