Building information modeling (BIM) has been transforming the way construction projects are designed and built. By creating a three-dimensional virtual simulation of a project, BIM can reduce costs, increase quality and reduce conflicts. BIM uses construction information to form a three-dimensional simulation of a construction project that can be digitally viewed, tested, modified, redesigned, constructed and deconstructed.
Designers can use BIM to explore alternative concepts and optimize their designs. Contractors can use the model to “rehearse” construction, coordinate drawings and prepare shop and fabrication drawings. Owners can use the model to optimize building maintenance, renovations and energy efficiency, as well as to monitor life cycle costs.
Some of the ways a project can benefit from the use of BIM are:
Single Data Source: BIM allows project parties to capture everything known about a building in a single project database. Plans, elevations and section drawings, all generated from a single design model, are then always consistent. By having a single, unified data source, the risk of errors in data entry or translation is greatly reduced, and the risk that parties will proceed based upon conflicting information is minimized.
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