BIM (Building Information Model) is the model-based process that provides insight and guidance to professionals and helps them to better plan, design, construct, and manage building projects. By collecting computer generated models of the entire scope being provided by individual contractors and overlaying the models in a master file, the BIM Manager can determine conflicts and adjust for problems before they become onsite critical situations.
Some of the advantages include:
- Articulated design visions and optimized engineering solutions.
- Increased accuracy and precision on construction projects.
- A workflow advantage for most projects.
- Significant reductions in waste, conflicts and costly project extras.
- Better alignment of construction planning and design with performance and delivery of high quality projects.
The BIM process can also extend into the operational phase of the building and be used throughout the building life cycle. The BIM process can minimize the information loss often associated with the turn over of the project from the construction team to the owners and the owners can use the models to improve operations. The ultimate goal of BIM is to assist in making informed building decisions to improve efficiency and building maintenance in a cost-effective manner.