It is said that failing to prepare is preparing to fail. When it comes to construction projects, a “measure twice, cut once” approach can eliminate costly missteps and delays down the line, ensuring that the project is completed on time and within the set budget. This really begins with BIM coordination.
According to the National Institute of Building Sciences, building information modeling (BIM) is a process that involves creating digital models that represent the “physical and functional characteristics of a facility”. It begins with conceptualization and essentially exists as a resource for information until a structure is no longer standing.
BIM is more than just sharable, 3D structure models, though. It’s an invaluable tool for project management and collaboration. What benefits will you enjoy when utilizing BIM coordination for your construction projects?
Complete Project Overview
The first and best reason to include BIM coordination is to plan every aspect of a construction project with the benefit of 3D visualization. When you can see how a structure will exist in space, you have the best opportunity to plan for the exact dimensions, make sure everything will fit and function as expected (room sizes, door frames, and more), and avoid any overlaps, like not having room for plumbing or electrical wiring because steel framing is in the way, for example.
Accurate Cost Estimate
Fully planning construction projects before you ever break ground, purchase materials, or line up labor is the best way to accurately estimate total costs. While there are sure to be hiccups in any undertaking of this size, from delays, to damages, to potential changes, going over the plan with a fine-tooth comb can help to reduce risks and give you the information needed to estimate costs and plan a budget.
BIM coordination allows you to closely collaborate with everyone involved in the construction project from the earliest stages. When you know what you’re going to need, in terms of materials and labor, and you know what you intend to build, you have the best opportunity to plan an accurate schedule, avoid delays, and coordinate long-term plans.
One of the best things about having your project planned out in digital space before you ever start physical building is that you have the chance to spot potential hazards or difficult working conditions and plan for them accordingly. Safety evaluations prior to the start of construction can help you to make any needed adjustments or preparations to reduce risks and create the safest possible working conditions.
Easy Collaboration and Handoff
Collaboration is the name of the game when it comes to construction projects. There are a lot of moving parts and a lot of people who need to maintain open lines of communication throughout. BIM coordination facilitates this process from end-to-end, improving all phases of building and making handoff to facility managers at the completion of the project much easier.
BIM coordination saves time, money, and hassle at every stage of construction. It minimizes risks, increases productivity throughout, and ensures the best possible outcomes.