Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the process of developing a building digitally. This includes recreating the physical and functional characteristics of a particular project, which gives companies a more comprehensive visual representation of the planned structure.
Project managers who take the time to use a BIM system prior to starting a new project can ensure that the entire construction process is not only more efficient, but it’s also significantly safer for workers involved.
Take a look at the top 5 ways, companies can mitigate construction risks by integrating BIM to their existing construction management software:
1. BIM helps you map out building safety
Any construction project will need to meet a list of safety standards. It’s a long, tedious, and overwhelming process, which BIM can help streamline.
BIM can not only aid in implementation, but it can also help construction firms take on planning and development in a more streamlined way. This helps companies anticipate unpredictable scenarios, potential hazards and even problematic areas by providing a clear and visual representation of the project, even before the actual construction starts.
2. BIM can effectively save cost and time
BIM systems easily integrate with construction management software thus making it easier for people managing projects to manage the cost and time behind a project. This helps project managers anticipate project delays or possible failures, reduce project liability as well as risks to the company.
3. BIM helps construction projects meet environmental standards
A lot of construction projects today need to meet specific environmental standards and achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. BIM systems help construction planners determine the LEED credits, which are feasible for their individual projects, making it easier for companies to achieve their goals.
There are even BIM systems that go one step further by figuring out and suggesting what materials should be used to meet these stringent environmental standards. This can prove to be very helpful in terms of mitigating cost.
4. BIM can ensure the longevity of a building
Projects completed based on BIM systems are essentially built with better attention to detail, thus ensuring that errors are minimized throughout the building process, right up to completion. This ultimately reflects on the quality of the building. It also makes it a lot better for future contractors to manage projects that may be implemented down the line, such as renovations or remodeling efforts.
Traditional 2D and 3D drawings prove to be insufficient because of their inability to incorporate specific timeline, guidelines, and specifications. BIM however, allows contractors to review and assess a building for future improvements and ensure long-term success.
5. BIM can support a safer work environment
The construction industry has a long list of occupational safety standards that are in place to ensure the safety of the crew. BIM models help ensure that these are followed. It helps identify otherwise unpredictable circumstances that could be hazardous to the workers. It also allows them to navigate and familiarize themselves with new locations, even before they actually step foot on the site.
BIM systems not only make the entire construction process safer, it’s ability to be incorporated into project management software helps minimize mismanagement and creates a safer work environment. This puts both construction firms and clients at ease, knowing that they are addressing risks even before they arise.
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