What Is Building Information Modeling, and What Are Its Key Benefits?
Building information modeling is an approach to building design, construction, and management. It supports the continuous and immediate availability of project design scope, schedule, and cost information that is high quality, reliable, integrated, and fully coordinated. Though it is not itself a technology, it is supported to varying degrees by different technologies.
During the course of a building project, an architect must balance the project scope, schedule, and cost. Untimely changes to any of these variables can cost time and money and negatively affect relationships with both consultants and clients. Using traditional methods, access to design- and geometry-related information is usually fairly consistent, whereas cost and scheduling information is available only occasionally because of the time and effort necessary to create it. Using building information modeling techniques, all of this critical information is immediately available, so that project-related decisions can be made more quickly and effectively.
Critical to creating a fully integrated BIM is a robust management plan that establishes project goals and project team roles. This concept is often referred to as interoperability. A BIM Execution plan identifies responsibilities and who will deliver what in the project. Some clients are resistant to newer methods of delivery however once they recognize the value of structured process the results speak for themselves.