What is BIM? Building Information Modeling is a digital tool used to plan and manage Construction projects. BIM creates a virtual representation of a project that helps a general commercial contractor collaborate with designers, architects and owners.
BIM is a technology that goes beyond 2D and 3D renderings because it incorporates all aspects of planning in a single digital file. Long before a shovel breaks ground on an industrial construction project, BIM allows teams to see a dazzlingly accurate model of the completed structure. Problems can be anticipated and solved while the project is in the planning stages.
BIM continues to pay dividends even after your contractor hands over the keys. The technology helps facility managers operate efficiently and plan for future builds.
How a BIM Commercial Contractor Saves You Money
Every construction project starts with a budget. Too many of them blow the budget. Changes in orders and unanticipated challenges multiply costs. BIM takes much of the uncertainty out of planning and building. The rendering of the completed project is so accurate, so realistic, that problems can be seen and solved before they create budget overruns. BIM is AutoCad on steroids.
Besides anticipating problems, BIM allows for an accurate estimate of materials and costs. If a project starts to exceed the budget, changes can be made during planning. BIM may even allow projects to come in under budget by eliminating waste.
How BIM Saves Time
BIM allows real-time collaboration. Plans don’t progress in a linear fashion, moving from one specialist to the next and then the next. Instead, team members all have access to the models, contributing as the project develops. As the model takes shape, it grows organically. Coordination of teams means there’s less time spent revising and reworking plans as various designers make disparate contributions.
When new commercial construction is complete, owners and managers are left with a useful, accurate model of the facility. The model helps managers minimize the costs of operations. With a BIM system, managers can pinpoint every feature in a building. Where are the HVAC systems? How can the roof be reached? How many catwalks are in the facility? It’s all there in the model. Even maintenance schedules for equipment can be managed with BIM.
When it’s time to upgrade a facility, BIM will integrate the existing building’s data with the proposed modifications. Simulations show how the old and new will coexist.
Work With a BIM Industrial Contractor
Storee Construction uses BIM for commercial and industrial builds. Our teams work with you from conception to completion. Contact us to learn how Storee keeps you in the loop during the design-build process.
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