Building Information Modeling (BIM) offers a long list of benefits to various professionals in the sub-sectors of the building industry umbrella, but first—what exactly is BIM? Autodesk defines it as “an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure.”
In general, BIM provides a method of walking through all the steps of the design and construction and maintenance phases of a project with a single holistic system of models as opposed to different sets of documents. This unified approach allows for clarity, improved information sharing, and better business outcomes.
Benefits to Building Managers
As mentioned, some benefits are clear terminology and goals, enhanced communication, and a smoother process overall. But how does BIM facilitate the challenging tasks of building managers? From the very start, BIM allows the professional building manager to be involved and be heard, positively affecting the building outcome and enhancing the role of the facilities manager. Also, with greater project predictability, managers can get on board early and better understand design intent and have a voice in modifying design to achieve better outcomes.
2018 has seen some exciting innovation in the BIM tech sector. There were plenty of promising trends that made a significant impact. For example, the BIM-IoT connection became more apparent. IoT has transformed the work of installers and modelers by offering multiple advantages when it comes to releasing BIM data to prefab workshops, suppliers or modelers. With continually updated data, designing can be done directly using ready-to-order products that can be delivered directly to the building site. Adding mobile cloud technology to the mix, time-efficiency and communication improves as well. Going green is easier in a BIM environment, too. By allowing materials and energy properties to be considered during the design phase, energy efficiency is easier to incorporate into the building phase.
The Future of BIM
A report released by Market Research Engine explained a detailed study of the BIM Market. In 2014, the global BIM market was valued at $2.3 billion but is expected to reach a value of $13.2 billion by the end of 2024, exhibiting a more than 18 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2017 and 2024. The major driving factors are optimized project performance and increased productivity, enhanced communication and coordination throughout the asset life cycle management process, and government mandates for the usage of BIM in various developed countries.
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