The concept of Building Information ModelingThe benefits of BIM


Many benefits of the BIM are seen as direct benefits, although the largest benefits are actually indirect benefits. Direct benefits are qualities such as improved visualization and centralization of (project) building information. The indirect benefits include necessity for collaboration, resulting better project understanding, and reduction of project risk. A simulation allows to plan and virtually test a design before the actual project is constructed.
A virtual model helps to visualize the project, to identify the project requirements, and to assist in describing the project in an efficient manner.

Visualization, collaboration, and elimination are the three main headings under which the benefits of the BIM are organized. There is in fact much overlap among these categories, but they have been chosen as the main ideas around which all benefits can be better understood.

  • Visualization primarily addresses the benefit to an individual and the improvement in her or his personal understanding as a result of using the BIM.

  • Collaboration refers to the cooperative action of several team members as that is encouraged and facilitated by the BIM.

  • Elimination addresses mostly project-related benefits, such as reduction of conflicts, waste, and risk.

In construction, the most common forms of communication generally revolve on the creation of a common understanding among the participants by visualizing a subject and its issues. This will enable a collaborative effort among the participants to resolve issues, and this is one of the primary purposes for project simulation. It is useful to have more than one person look at almost any issue, and BIM simulations are by far the most effective way to communicate ideas, forms, concepts, and general approaches in design and construction-related issues. The BIM process helps in reducing construction conflicts, construction waste, and project risk (and also project cost).



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