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Benefits of working on Construction projects on digital platforms

4 Benefits of working on Construction projects on digital platforms


Published: 21/11/2018

Country: India

Construction Industry and Architects have been jointly working on designing processes and have contributed immensely in building strong infrastructure since ages. Whether the methods are old or new, this industry has never been on a shutdown mode. More and more technical advancements have made this industry stronger and profitable than ever before. Only difference today is that the work or project implementation process has digital platform to work with which was not there some years ago. This has made the work flow seamless with accuracy, time bound and quick delivery time, cost effectiveness etc. 

Human mind is known to be God’s most valuable creation, however not everything can be completely human driven as it has got his own limitations. Digitization of work processes have become a trend worldwide and is affecting our Construction Industry positively. Manual Drafting moved on to digital CAD Drafting, Budgeting and Estimations are now driven using “Building Information Modeling”. BIM has opened a different work tangent all together by assisting Architects, Construction Companies and Contractors visualizing the construction virtually much before the on-site work begins. We can make design changes, re-calculate the budgets and identify interferences between multiple disciplines with the help of BIM Services.  

With the help of digitization today, we are able to think and implement processes that were merely a dream a decade ago. These technical improvisations ultimately help in getting great ROI and speeds up the construction processes.  Utilization of digital platform or software allows Architects and Engineers to concentrate on the most interesting part of their work and eliminate the remaining manual calculations, visual presentation etc. to BIM. Let us talk about the benefits digitization brings to our table along with some potential benefits of using Virtual construction modeling.

#1 Developing 3D Geometry with building data: 

BIM Modelling is not about creating 3D geometry alone. Developing the model and having relevant building data within the model, visualizing the construction before it goes live is what the purpose of virtual construction modeling is. If any Architect or Engineer is using BIM only for 3D modeling, then he or she is not aware of the functionalities of this particular technology. Entire building is constructed in a virtual environment with the help of the design drawings, hence it takes all the information that would have gone into actual construction. Based on this, an Architect or Engineer comes to know the accuracy of design, interferences or estimated materials required to construct this building. We will come to know the flaws and based on the clash reports and BIM coordination technique we can change the design for the building efficiency. An accurate 3D Model should be able to produce excellent results in terms of seamless construction process, increased project productivity and eliminate risk of going over the budget. The user can save all the construction or physical properties of the building in the model and create a construction sequence that can be used during construction. Majority of the companies use Revit software to implement Building Information Modeling and have experienced a great positive change in the overall budget and project execution.   

#2 Fast Construction process

Using BIM software can help in creating necessary design and development drawings, 3D visualization models interference reports etc. which did not exist prior to the digitization phase. Subsequently with the advent of virtual construction modeling, the tasks of estimation, presentation and project management time has reduced to a great extent. These software helps you identify potential construction threats, phases where there is a chance of going over-budget or redundant construction. By eliminating these issues prior to construction we can save the cost and time both. The same model and building data can be used to work on during the As-Built stage and facility management time. 

#3 Diverse Building Information

Construction companies, Contractors, Architects and Builders can find all the information in a single data base within the 3D geometry or BIM Model. Even Manufacturers can find specific information related to the equipment’s, MEP fixtures etc. based on the data and BIM components available in the model. In recent software even fabrication equipment’s, pipes etc. are available which can be easily edited and modified to build customized model. Detailed construction drawings can be extracted from a Revit 3D Model which can be used on-site. We can also model intricate details, fixtures, components that can be picked up standalone and manufactured. 

We can add material specifications, asset codes, manufacturer detail, parameters that signify different versions etc. These items can be later used for building maintenance programs, easy replacements of the components etc. 

#4 Accuracy 

Since BIM Modelling, BIM coordination and Clash detection features can foresee potential design flaws and interferences between disciplines, this technology helps in a quick construction process. All the issues are resolved in the virtual construction stage resulting in accurate and short construction process. This tool helps in increasing the accuracy quotient of any building structure and also improves the overall building utility. With the help of different energy analysis tools and the interoperability features in BIM software, it guarantees environmental friendly construction process. It is easier to test the building construction and the functionalities of the building in virtual yet real-time environment. 

Conclusion

BIM Services has been one of the most path changing invention in the construction industry in recent times. The way it has progressed and grown in the last decade has been really great. Architectural firms and Construction Industry slowly but steadily are adopting BIM software to complete their construction requirements. Apart from digital 3d models or simple renders, advanced features like 4D construction Sequencing, 5D BIM Modeling, Energy Analysis (6D BIM) and Facility Management can be performed. Virtual Construction Modeling works best with complex and large scale building construction. Scan to BIM Modeling is another discipline which helps in As built modeling along with Renovation and retrofit project. 

Overall digitization of the construction phases, whether Drafting or BIM Modelling provides a great assistance for companies who are interested in improving project productivity and profitability both. To prove this fact, one only needs to take a look at the magnificent structures made centuries and millennia ago and understand what we’re talking about. Therefore, it’s important to mention one thing. The job of these tools is not to revolutionize architecture and construction industry but only to improve it in practical aspects and allow it to keep up with the times.


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