3 Stories that Define BIM’s Influence on AEC industry

Jul 5, 2017 -- During the early 2000s, AEC industry was quite skeptical about shifting from CAD to BIM, but today BIM has become an integral part of every single construction project. BIM has embedded itself deep in the industry such that without it AEC professionals feel handicapped right from design through construction.

The software technology along with BIM has essentially refined designing, construction and facility management to become prudent in a holistic way. Alongside, it has brought about some radical changes to how AEC industry designs and constructs. Data rich 3D BIM-ready models have become the entire world for most EPC firms and general contractors for enhancing their day-to-day design and construction work.

But has your design and construction firm started using BIM enough? Learn more with these three short stories describing how BIM gives a head start to contractors.

A Case of modeling MEP layout in a commercial building

If any general contractor were to ask name the most daunting challenge in constructing a commercial building, MEP layout design would top the list. On top of this, if the initial drafts are in 2D, it becomes all the more difficult to understand and detect the design clashes amongst building elements.

One such case of modeling MEP layout in commercial building is depicted here. The client approached design support service firm with 2D pdf drafts to be converted to 3D models according international standards. Upon duplicating the layout in 3D, it delivered a comprehensive and detailed idea of architectural and structural requirements. After examining the building plans, suitable and clash free MEP layout were designed in the Revit 2014 keeping the designs and standards intact.

Revit essentially eliminated any time consuming tasks and facilitated meticulous examination of the planned layout. Not only this, it empowered the client to finish the project on time, without the fright of designs being leaked or any intellectual theft.

Modeling the Public Park in USA

When a construction company established in 1952 in USA embarked upon the BIM journey while working on modeling of the public park, it encountered number of challenges for clash detection and resolution. Design support services intervened for assistance. With the design support, the construction company got multiple business as well as engineering benefits.

Initially, when the project was handed over to the service provider, the major challenges were to eliminate all interdisciplinary clashes, and also meet the project deadline. BIM specialists began their work by being in contact with the client through visual communication, which helped to resolve challenges throughout tendering stage.

3D modeling of entire park design for LOD 300 as per the AIA standards facilitated a detection of clashes before construction process, saving the firm a huge amount of money and time. It enabled easy integration of M&E works with the building design and increased safety of public interfaces. In a nutshell, entire construction stage took shorter time duration of concurrent program, and made the entire project schedule visible to all the parties.

Developing Structural Plans for Hospitality Construction

A building construction firm in the USA was able to comprehend the structural plans from the initial architectural plans for the entire hospitality facility. Design support service provider’s engineering team used their expertise and developed models for structural plans using Autodesk’s Revit 2014.

The project team resolved all the clashes, whatsoever found from the LOD 300 architectural plans and drew - up the detailed structural plans. It enabled the general contractor and site engineers to develop significant and clear knowledge of material take-offs and were efficiently able to plan construction schedules.

As a result, the building construction company incurred minimum waste of construction material because of least rework on-site, which cumulatively led to have a timely delivery of project. The CAD based designs and a BIM approach in Revit enabled faster completion of project with accurate outcomes.

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