Friday, 19 September 2014

Use of BIM as an Integrated Project Management Tool and Beyond

Building information modeling –BIM, has gained acceptance across the building and construction industry as it provides detailed virtual description of the construction process. However, BIM is not just another CAD tool; BIM is all about building information that is leveraged to enable effective project management.

It is possible to achieve the project goals like fast tracking project, cutting down material wastage, saving costs, ensuring smooth project coordination etc. using BIM. As a result, it is gaining popularity as an integrated project management tool in the Architectural engineering and construction industry.

One of the prime reasons why BIM is a useful tool for project management is the level of detailed visualization architectural BI modeling can provide. Even the most elementary adoption of BIM allows people involved in a project across several disciplines of building and construction view the expected outcomes.

Now as the information regarding the quantity takeoffs, project schedules, timelines, accrued costs and sustainability goals is fed into the 3D model, the team gets a higher clarity on even the minutest details that go into a construction project.

Building information modeling offers:

• Improved visualization
• Leveraging information for improved productivity
• Better project coordination and information exchange
• Cost estimation in sync with project changes and changing requirements
• Fast tracking projects for speedy delivery
• Reduced costs

Understanding the ‘I’ in BIM: Any BIM model is as good as the information that is fed into it. Accurate and detailed information is loaded into a 3D BIM to transform it into an effective tool for cost estimation, project scheduling, detecting and mitigating clashes, and for implementing sustainability solutions. The BIM capabilities extend across the entire lifecycle of a building, thus aiding facility management, and repair work and refurbishment in a building as well.

Civil engineers and builders can leverage the capabilities of 3D BI modeling and construction for strategic project planning and executing.

Industry experts predict that BIM and Virtual design and construction (VDC) will evolve, and in near future become one of the most important tools for architects, engineers and developers for project management. Additionally, it will also become integral to business strategy planning.

Integrating BIM with business strategy

A successful implementation plans, includes integration of all the functional levels. At present BIM integrates BIM integrates information across all disciplines of a construction project thus allowing effective project management, however experts foresee that soon BIM will extend beyond just construction process and be an integral part of business strategy. The role of BIM, is set to extend beyond a project management and evolve into strategic management tool for businesses.