Friday, 8 May 2015

Leveraging the Benefits Of BIM 4D For Maximizing ROI


The use of BIM has grown exponentially in the construction industry for the past few years. Most of the developers and construction firms have adopted BIM, and those who have not, are definitely contemplating its adoption.

BIM 4D: Schedule + Time

A 3D model gains the fourth dimension when time and construction scheduling values are added to it. The USP of virtual design and construction for contractors is 4D BIM – Schedule and Time. BIM 4D shows the way to contractors, and when projects run as scheduled, it results into efficient construction process and hence increased ROI.

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Thursday, 7 May 2015

Demand of BIM for Quantity Surveyors on Rise in Middle East

The job of a quantity surveyor is integral to the construction project. A quantity surveyor is partly a legal expert, partly an engineer and partly an architect. The demand for quantity surveyors is on rise in the Middle East.

Consequently the demand of BIM - for quantity surveyors is also on rise. This is because there are several, infrastructural facility development, skyscrapers and high rises development and other such mega projects announced across Middle East. To fulfill the demands and challenges of these projects, it is important to have expert QS professionals on Board.


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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

BIM 5D for Fabrication – Building Smart Construction Capabilities


Often, lack of the up-to-date information or having the wrong materials is the reason why construction projects fail to deliver what they promise.

Having access to BIM Coordination & Fabrication 5D Cost Estimation can help you optimize your projects, gain control over the work flows and drives your project towards success. So how can this happen? The answer is BIM.

Using BIM, architects and contractors can always stay updated about the design, fabrication and construction information. A BIM model can be used to integrate building design and detailing with fabrication and project management. This makes the construction work flows – that sales, detailing, fabrication, logistics and installation – more efficient.

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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Benefits of BIM for Building Surveyors

Building information modeling extends a collaborative approach where everyone involved in a construction project can enjoy the benefits. Now clearly, BIM offers benefits for architects, engineers, property owners and contractors, however can it help surveyors derive substantial benefits?

A surveyor’s job spans across the lifecycle of a construction project, and hence he can gain the best and extensive benefits from BIM. The virtual design and construction capabilities enable these professionals to gain better control over the construction process and introduce efficiency across their work profile.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

BIM for Retail - Tapping the Huge Potential in Gulf Countries


In addition to the proven time and cost efficiencies, there are a plethora of other benefits that BIM delivers. Building information modeling is widely adopted across the construction industry, and more specifically for development of retail facilities and commercial properties.

With BIM for retail design and development, developers get help during tender and bidding stages. Architects and contractors can collaborate to develop retail buildings and commercial facilities that are well designed, are aesthetically appealing and are also constructed for higher structural stability, quality and occupant comfort.

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Thursday, 23 April 2015

Are Construction Industry & Middle East Investors Ready to Handle Mega Projects?

With several new megaprojects for buildings and infrastructural facilities in the pipeline, Middle East is set to transform into a region with mega structures, skyscrapers and remarkable buildings sprawling across its skyline.


The region was in news recently as it was announced that Qatar will host the football world cup in 2022 and British architects ‘Foster and Partners’ will design a stadium with 80,000 seating capacity for the competition. This is a 45 billion dollar project that will be built in the city of Lusail, 15 kilometers from Doha. A huge structure and an entire new city will dawn from the desert to host the biggest football tournament.

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

BIM for the Building Lifecycle – Design, Construct and Operate


Building information modeling provides timely, accurate and relevant information for building design, construction and facility management. It supports facility owners, architects, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors and developers, throughout all the phases involving planning, design, construction and operation.

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

BIM Set To Transform UAE Real Estate Landscapes

The introduction of BIM is widely transforming the construction practices and project management in UAE and Middle East. UAE specifically leads in the adoption of BIM software as a design tool and construction management software. It boasts of and has unique and ever innovative buildings. One of the most populous and a metropolitan city in UAE is DUBAI.

DUBAI authorities have made the use of BIM (building information modeling) mandatory for all large-scale building design and construction projects. The decision is welcomed by contractors and developers, and will prove to be critical in improving the quality of buildings across the city.


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Evolving Market of BIM for Civil Engineers and Great Opportunities for Rail Infrastructure Projects in Middle East

BIM – Building information modeling is extensively used across the AEC industry for building design and construction projects. However, the adoption of BIM for civil engineers is has remained slow. The scenario is now fast changing, as BIM is used across several complex and large scale infrastructure developments, roadways and railway projects.

On March 17 to March 18, 2015, the largest rail exhibition and conference in Middle East will be held at Dubai International convention and exhibition center (DICEC). Over 50 billion USD worth of rail expansion projects are in the pipeline in Middle East. As a result, the spotlight at this event will be on ‘BIM solutions for Railways – by Autodesk, a world leader in 3D design and engineering software’.


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Monday, 20 April 2015

BIM for General Contractors - Deriving the Best Project Outcomes

General contractors are in charge of construction projects, and are responsible for day to day site surveys, cost estimations, project scheduling and monitoring, liaisons across multiple disciplines and applying for various permits and licenses.

Higher predictability and on time completion of projects remains a major concern for General contractors. As the general contractors have volley of tasks that are based on predictions and assumptions, these are the people who value higher predictability in a project. And this is precisely the reason why, BIM for general contractors is an ideal solution.


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Saturday, 18 April 2015

Why Implementing BIM for Construction is a Good Idea


The AEC industry is transitioning from the traditional paper based linear approach to BIM – a collaborative and technology expedited approach. Building information modeling brings people across all disciplines and all the involved stakeholders together throughout the entire building design, construction and maintenance stages.

Construction firms that are new to BIM can start using it, while those already using BIM can leverage its use and gain the best business benefits.

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Thursday, 16 April 2015

BIM for Contractors – Dealing With Documentation Conflicts and Inconsistencies


What is BIM?

BIM is a digital representation of the construction process; it is all about the structured information that associates with the 3D geometry of a building.

Ideally, building information modeling should be introduced when the first sketches for a building/facility are produced. The BIM model will henceforth be the single source, to feed and procure any and every information pertaining to the building design and construction process.

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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Implementing BIM for Infrastructure – The Road Ahead..!!!

BIM for infrastructure also known as horizontal BIM, Heavy BIM or Civil information modeling, is called so while referring to BIM for non-building projects like infrastructure for dams, rail, road, highways and other such transit facilities, public parks, bridges, infrastructure for wastewater etc.

We are all aware of how today BIM has become the most talked about technology induced process across construction industry. While the approach towards BIM implementation for building and construction projects has remained affirmative, and its adoption rate is high and consistently growing in this vertical, it has still to gain a similar foothold for infrastructure projects.


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Equating Lean Construction with Cheap Construction – A Cardinal Sin

Over the years it has been established, that BIM is not merely a technology or tool, it actually promotes workflow and processes to enable better coordination and management of building before- during and after construction.

BIM percolates deep down under and across every stage and process of a construction project, and has far reaching benefits. Several failed BIM projects have been accounted to the thinking that BIM is only for visualization or because of lack of understanding that while measuring BIM benefits it is important to consider several aspects including clash detection, risk mitigation, project coordination, facility management and much more.


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Monday, 13 April 2015

I Don’t Need BIM For Clash Detection And Risk Mitigation..!!

I don’t need BIM for clash detection and risk analysis. Why should I invest a fortune when the benefits against it will only be in fringes?

I can very well use the conventional methods for finding and resolving the possibility of conflicts. We are only taking about possibilities after all.

Clashes during a construction project are unavoidable, however it is said that introducing BIM at an early stage; helps mitigate most of the possible conflicts and clashes. Further, BIM helps reduce the impact of a conflict and find quick resolution to clashes that might occur during the course of construction. Now why is it important to resolve clashes and mitigate risks?


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Embrace and Integrate LEAN BIM with Lean Thinking for LEAN designs…!!!

BIM, big data, data analytics, Business intelligence, mobility etc are some terms that have been highly used and abused. The latest to join the bandwagon is lean BIM. The mentality is that just because Lean is in, and everyone is adopting lean construction procedures let us also do it.


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Thursday, 9 April 2015

Is BIM Overhyped?

A lot of hype is created around BIM. The technology is said to serve builders and developers across all phases of design, save time, save costs and save a whole lot of efforts. However, is BIM really as useful as it is touted to be – or - is it overhyped?

It’s all about the ‘I’ in BIM

Well! We might say that BIM is a hyped concept, because it is definitely not the ‘magic tool’ it is made to be, that can streamline your project and make everything right by itself.  If wrong information is fed into the model, it can have cascading effects over other construction phases and project is sure to go downhill.


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BIM for Healthcare – Promoting Facility Management, Safety And Green Design Through Technology

Building information modeling has emerged as the most popular tool for design, development and efficient construction of complex buildings. The cost advantages, time saving and more streamlined operations are the clear benefits BIM provides. For building health care facilities, where in addition to cost saving and scheduling it is also important to ensure that facility management becomes easy and higher levels of safety are implemented, BIM is a perfect fit.

Healthcare facilities are becoming bigger and more complex, and this provides developers with ample reasons to use BIM for design and construction of healthcare facilities.


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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Virtual To Actual, Black Art Of Laser scanning for BIM – Over Hyped or Aptly Described?

When laser survey and point cloud modeling first arrived there was a sense of awe and wonder. As built structures were scanned and converted into 3D models so easily. Today as scanners and related software have become more advanced, and the BIM authoring tools have also evolved – 3D Laser scanning to accurate Revit and BIM is transforming the way building owners and designers gather the construction details and information about existing buildings and structures.


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Monday, 6 April 2015

7 Applications Of BIM for Facility Management

Using BIM for facility management; users can effectively explore, record and efficiently manage the information about spatial requirements, operations and maintenance of a facility. Facility mangers can, not only track the space related data and evolving requirements, but also manage inventory and lifecycle data, identify safety loopholes and henceforth enforce occupant safety measures, perform analysis of evolving needs versus the related costs and much more.


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Sunday, 5 April 2015

Construction Safety Planning Using BIM 4D

A construction site environment is dynamic; there are lot of machines, drilling equipments, cranes and other such heavy equipments used to carry out the construction activities.

Hence this place is very much prone to accidents and other safety hazards. To curb any mishaps and to create a safe working environment it is very important to enforce appropriate construction safety planning measures.


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Thursday, 2 April 2015

Scan To BIM – An Emerging Trend Transforming The AEC Industry

When the concept of virtual presentation first appeared across the landscapes of AEC sector, it was progressively accepted; however, at this stage it was limited to 3D modeling, animations, photo-realistic renderings, etc. for client presentations and marketing purposes.

Gradually, BIM – information rich intelligent 3D models entered the terrain and changed everything.



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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

BIM – Global Phenomenon & A Growing Trend Across AEC Industry

BIM proposes, improved project coordination, better designs, project scheduling and accurate material takeoffs and hence improved cost estimation. Ability of BIM to detect clashes at an early stage eliminates last moment clash detection and mitigation costs during the construction process, hence contributes to major cost savings.

BIM also addresses several challenges of a building and construction project like reduction of waste, creating high value, improving productivity and achieving higher sustainability in addition to contributing to lean construction.

Global BIM market predicted to grow to a CAGR 17. 4%


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Monday, 30 March 2015

4D Construction and Planning: Boosts Coordination And Enables Efficient Project Handling

4D modeling and construction planning, permits architects, engineers, and contractors to visualize construction scheduling, as a part of a collaborative experience. With the assistance of a 4D model, it is possible to set up coordination between all departments and provide a clear visualization of the schedule itself.

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Friday, 27 March 2015

BIM Capabilities Usher A New Era of Cost Estimation for Construction Projects


Cost estimation is a crucial aspect, which influences the successful management of a construction project. Accurate estimations ensure that maximum profits are earned out of the business. A cost estimator is engaged to calculate the near accurate project costs at different stages, and important project decisions are based on this estimation. This is why; accurate estimation becomes all the more important.

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Thursday, 26 March 2015

Revit MEP Coordination – A Valued Proposition For The AEC Industry


For AEC project managers, coordinating with architects and engineers in order to resolve issues related to plumbing fixtures, mechanical and electrical systems, fire protection systems etc. can be a daunting task.

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Saturday, 21 March 2015

Benefits of BIM for Interior Design


A lot has been said about BIM and its impact on the overall construction process, work flow management, integrated project delivery and more. However Building information modeling and its impact on the practice of interior design is a relatively untouched topic.

BIM can bring in a host of benefits to interior designers by allowing design visualization loaded with structured information that associates with the corresponding geometry.  It also allows designers, the ability to coordinate, automatically adjust to the document information and make design iterations during the work process irrespective of the scale of a project.

Additionally, BIM can have a vast and voracious array of components, premade parts and libraries of features that can be used by interior designers to build and support their creative efforts.

Besides, designers can also benefit from BIM not only for actual design work but also to store and manage non graphic data. Design documentation plays a critical role in expediting the process of interior design.

Feeding interior design information into BIM can also allow effective cost estimation, asset management, spatial management, placement of furniture and other such aspects pertaining particularly to the interior design activities.

BIM enables better coordination amongst designers and various stakeholders. Besides as it extends higher levels of visualization and virtual design capabilities, interior design process can be started soon after the building structure and architecture is designed and planned. 

Interior designers can also be apprised of any changes in the architectural design and hence immediately make apt changes in their designs and plans to suit the architectural requirements.

Hence Building information modeling and virtual designing actually transforms the process of interior design, especially for large scale projects.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

How does 4D BIM bring safety in Construction Planning?

Construction Safety Planning

BIM – i.e. building information modeling is an effective tool that provides managers with the required support via – 4D Construction Simulation and Management, thus helps them design improved safety plans.
4D BIM for Construction Safety Planning
  • Evaluating site conditions for workers
  • Identifying potential safety hazards
  • Construction Safety
Better construction safety and planning allows a developer to smoothly run the construction projects and avoid any accidents and during construction. Hence the employee, who appoints the workers and is liable for the safety of these workers, can get peace of mind. Besides, it is not only the workers who are at risk, due to risks such as failure of a heavy equipment, there can be several cascading effects on the work sequence.

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