While the look of buildings going up nowadays might feel radically more different and modern to those constructed decades ago, the underpinning processes to build them are not. Construction has changed very little in the last century.
Until now. The growing use of sophisticated technologies and automation – using BIM in building design and construction – is helping to significantly improve or streamline processes. While the steel industry has been using 3D modelling (one of the tenets of BIM) for many years, acceptance of BIM capabilities as a necessity is a relatively new development for construction.
Moving away from the pen and paper of old, BIM (Building Information Modelling) is a number of online tools and technologies to design, test and share projects. It uses digital engineering to collate, communicate and manage all information on a construction project, offering a multitude of benefits.
It allows for multiple users to work on projects simultaneously, ensuring collaboration between all project stakeholders, from design managers and quantity surveyors to project directors and sub-trades. By bringing those contributors together, able to align the appointment of sub-contractors, sub-trades and consultants from the get-go, BIM reduces the time and resource spent on projects. And as it collates information from more and more processes, it is able to identify commonalities and use these to anticipate challenges or suggest modifications during the design process, ultimately delivering improved plans and outcomes for clients.