How is BIM changing the construction industry?
Digital modelling, or Building Information Modelling (BIM) is leading the way in the construction industry, making changes to the way that the design to completion process works. This is true across the UK and internationally, where data and digital modelling tools are becoming increasingly advanced.
BIM as a requirement
BIM is fast becoming the norm as part of the whole construction process. In fact, across the UK, many projects are now required to be “BIM-ready” when proposed by contractors, for all public works. This means that contractors must meet the technical requirements for at least a Level 2 BIM, which provides the ability for all parties involved in the construction project to exchange information at a basic and collaborative level.
What does BIM have to offer?
The most significant and useful benefit of BIM is its ability to reduce errors throughout the lifecycle of the project. This is because a large volume of different data is included within the BIM, to see how combining different elements will work – for example the different measurements, materials and conditions. Building a full digital model of the project highlights any issues early on, and allows changes to be made before any of the physical construction has been carried out. This in turn reduces costs.
Collaboration tools increase clarity
BIM is one example of how collaboration can increase clarity of the overall project – down to the details at each stage, right through to the end result, and even the future of the building project. It allows different factors to be changed to see the impact this could have, reducing mistakes and increasing transparency for all parties involved.
The future of BIM in the construction industry
A greater requirement and expectation for BIM is growing across the construction industry. It is fast becoming an integral part of the lifecycle of many construction projects, and is likely to become even more widely used over time. This is because of the number of benefits that it offers to construction and project managers. It also demonstrates continuous innovation throughout the industry, which is using technology as a greater tool.
This can also appeal to a new generation of younger workers who are used to using technology in day-to-day life, which could contribute to increasing the number of millennial workers within the construction industry and filling the current skills gap.
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