BIM (Building Information Modeling) is the new norm in the construction industry with more and more architects, builders and engineers stressing the need for adopting this fast-evolving technology. It is important to know the basics of BIM before venturing into the construction business.
Buildings are no longer designed using stationery and paper. It has all come down to BIM, a smart tool to design (now in 4D) buildings using technology. It gives architects, builders, and engineers the provision to more efficiently plan, constructs and manages buildings and infrastructure.
There are many benefits of BIM over simple paper drawings and sketches. A real-like model of the construction site gives both owners and buyers to see the project from a special angle that a paper drawing fails to produce.
Moreover, it ensures that all manpower involved in the scheme of construction follows the same plan and model. This leads to the early detection of clashes in designs by different departments and saves on cost, time and man-hours. It prevents delays in construction. It also benefits ancillary industries like the steel industry which depends on faster orders and clearances rather than delayed ones.
It also helps gives a near correct estimation of the costs of construction because the whole building model is ready at one go. It even gives an estimate of the quantity of raw materials used and commensurate costs. It is portable and not cumbersome to carry around unlike several paper drawings.
While BIM is widely used in developing countries, it is still making its way to developing countries. The high cost of software and lack of technical know-how leads to a reluctance in adopting this revolutionary technology. However, more and more building projects across industries including the Indian steel industry are adopting slowly coming around the idea and adopting this technology prior to their construction process.
With the assistance of technologies related to BIM, construction professionals can build on and optimize production on a structural-steel project by eliminating redundancies and opening the door for real-time design collaboration, a report says.
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