The Power of Building Information Modeling (BIM)

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When starting construction on a new building, there are plenty of things that can and will go wrong. You will start to lay out the plumbing and find that it clashes with a wall or beam that cannot be moved. To finish your project, you must take more time and more money to adjust to the new layout. Another scenario is the owners won’t let you start construction because they can’t see the end result or where the specific design implements that had asked for are located. For the past few decades the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry has been looking for a solution to this problem. Projects would be set back due to design oversights. Without anything to predict these problems before they happen, these little setbacks were a common occurrence. Once building information modeling (BIM) was born, it was like their prayers had been answered. The future was here. BIM contains precise geometry and relevant data needed to support the design, procurement, fabrication, and construction required to recognize the building (Eastman et al. 2008). Basically, the purpose of BIM is to simulate the construction environment in a virtual database that can be used during the physical construction as well as a virtual model for operations and maintenance after construction is finished. In the beginning, you have access all areas of the project and can determine whether certain areas will need more time in design, where various clashes may happen, or what could be changed for a lower cost. or to speed up the building phase. In his article, Salaman Azhar said, “It is important to note that BIM is not just software, it is a process and software. BIM means not only using three-dimensional intelligent models but also making sig... ... middle of paper ... ... prepared workers to fill the shoes of the current workforce. Works Cited Epstein, E. (2012). Implementing successful building information modeling. (1st ed., pp. 3-10). Norwood, MA: Artech House. Eastman, C., Teicholz, P., Sacks, R., & Liston, K. (2011). Bim handbook. (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. Bergin, M. (2012, December 07). A brief history of bim. Retrieved from http://www.archdaily.com/302490/a-brief-history-of-bim/ Won, J. (2013). Where to focus for succesful adoption of building information modeling within organization. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 139(11), 04013014-1 - 04013014-9. Pikas, E. (2013). Building information modeling dcation for construction engineeng and managemet. ii; procedures and implementaion case stdy. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 139(11), 04013016-1 - 04013014-11.
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