3D BIM (Building Information Modeling) is an integral part of construction and transportation, providing clear, detailed information about each project element with projects of any scale. It reduces risks, errors, and inefficiencies in design, as well as project logistics that are common to more traditional forms of project management. There are many advantages including:
- Project Visualization: By providing everyone a visual of the project, a common, concise understanding is acheived by all. It’s this collaborative team buy-in that makes a project successful as stakeholders have increased confidence that everyone is on the same page.. While most people focus their visualization efforts on the end product, there is a wealth of information in expressing the sequence that is anticipated for bringing the final product to life. By showing a photo-realistic rendering of what the project could look like from varying perspectives, consultations with the public, contractors and government agencies can also be more productive and efficient. In addition, communication among architecture, engineering, and construction teams can be seamless.
- Accelerating Approvals: Using a 3D model, the project team can simply call up the view required in the model and obtain the necessary information needed for permits and approvals far more quickly and easily. Digital models not only help convey a design to the owner, they facilitate discussion with non-construction professionals and the Public. Presenting to the public with advanced 3D models allows the community to share their perspective and provide feedback on the proposed design.
- Managing Costs: During design, engineers can present more than one option in order to receive agreement from various stakeholders as well as use the model to calculate the cost of changes. During construction, the project team can view the construction sequence virtually in order to create an optimized schedule, as well as reduce conflicts and safety issues. After construction, a 3D model can populate asset management systems.
- Virtual Construction: Imagine having the opportunity to dry-run a multi-million dollar construction project for a relatively inexpensive cost. Using digital models, combined with a real construction schedule, allows your team to actually see the entire project virtually unfold in front of you. The enables every member of the project team to identify conflicts ahead of time and minimize the number of change orders.