Building information modeling (BIM) is inseparable from the daily lives of those who work in the Architectural Engineering Construction and Operation (AECO) sector, but it is still largely unknown to many of the key players. Making crucial strategic decisions about incorporating BIM into projects can be hampered by widespread misconceptions about what it is. When properly implemented, BIM can assist businesses in improving decisions and cutting costs, so support from teams and stakeholders is essential for success.
So, Engisoft Engineering has brought you some common BIM Myths.
BIM is just 3D modeling
BIM is more than just three-dimensional illustration. While 3D models are perhaps the clearest visual example of new ways of working, they are only a small portion of the overall process. The “modeling” that the term “BIM” refers to is often a diversion. BIM involves working collaboratively to produce digital datasets rather than just visualizing a physical object or other entity. This data, which includes both graphical and non-graphical information, is stored in the Common Data Environment (CDE), a shared digital environment where federated models can be created. In conclusion, BIM primarily focuses on the strategic management of data over the course of an asset’s life.
BIM Is Only For Big Projects
That is not true, no. Naturally, the larger the project, the more involved you are; the coordination of trades becomes more difficult and the production of plans requires more time. But the main issue here is one of scale. Regardless of the size of the project, we are essentially dealing with the same issues. Even for small projects, working digitally has advantages. Think about where the problems and bottlenecks are, and then look for ways to make them better.
BIM Is More Expensive
Any program to change established working practices will undoubtedly incur some initial costs, but these should be offset by longer-term savings and benefits. BIM isn’t just about the hardware, software, or extra training, but in a comprehensive BIM implementation, expenses will probably be made against all of these budget lines. But BIM doesn’t have to be pricey; there are plenty of tools that are free or inexpensive, as well as a ton of easily accessible sources of advice and assistance. Remember that you have the power to choose which BIM implementation components to work on first and when controlling costs and schedules to fit with current obligations.
BIM only benefits those involved in design and construction
Since BIM reveals all perspectives of the same underlying data, these new working methods benefit all project participants. The knowledge that their designs look good and work as expected allows designers to spend more time actually designing. Owners and contractors can accurately convey design intent to clients by coordinating data. For those interested in post-occupational decisions, using consistent, structured digital asset data should make it simple to see where operational costs are.
BIM’s just a type of software
BIM is more of a mindset than a set of programs. You must take into account people, processes, and technology when implementing BIM in order to re-engineer current working practices and fully enjoy the advantages of digital, collaborative construction. Not the cost of software to create models or manipulate datasets, but rather the change management you must implement across your organization, will require your biggest investment.
BIM Is Just a Trend
Since the 2000s, BIM has grown in popularity across the globe in the construction industry. Many of the top nations in the world have embraced BIM, and it is now required for all public projects. The value of BIM and how it promotes design coordination, teamwork, waste elimination, and cost savings have been acknowledged by the global construction industry.
Businesses adopting BIM gain greater work efficiency and a competitive edge. As a result, it is not just a fad but rather the industry of architecture, engineering, and construction’s natural evolution.