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Impact of BIM on construction management industry

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The construction industry is one of the fastest-growing industries as the skyscrapers are more in demand. The value of the real estate is increasing which is the reason construction companies are now working on designs that are eco-friendly, cover less space yet provide more facilities within an affordable price range. For catering to all these needs, very precise planning is required that can cut the price yet make the structure more appealing. For making all this possible, it is very important to have a proper management system. With the use of technology and by incorporating the betterment management, now things are becoming easier. A simple yet very effective step in this regard is the development of building information modeling or BIM. Most of the people are not aware of BIM and they just think it is a technology or a 3D figure that is designed before construction. However, BIM is more than just a 3D figure, it is a model with a digital description that addresses the physical project.

BIM has known to be the pivot point for the construction industry so far, it has made the design, construction and the project management easier and more convenient to manage overall. By using BIM, engineers to construction companies are now finding it easier to schedule their work, manage material, estimate the expenditure and look after the operations overall. Nowadays, constructing a building is not that easy, there is a lot that goes behind constructing just one story or just one part. For a project to run successfully, it requires a detailed evaluation process followed by an effective and timely decision-making process that ensures the best results. There are so many teams and so many different departments involved in constructing and formulating just a single construction plan that neglecting one department might cost the company a whole project. To overcome this issue specifically, BIM plays a significant role, it helps in making communication easier and streamlines the process by ensuring that contractors and project managers achieve their goal.

The basic idea is that BIM in a company that helps in project management and it just makes the communication between multiple departments within the same working site. This includes the plumbing department, data management department or mechanical department easier to manage. Overall, this tool has proven itself to be effective for larger scale as well as for smaller scale construction projects and has brought tremendous results. Through the BMI, both parties have complete access to the master model, they can not only inspect the model but also comment and ask for improvements right away. This further adds up to the process of decision making, keep it streamlined, convenient yet timely and also provides proper growth opportunity to the project manager as the project develops.

With the use of BIM, construction companies have improved their business a lot. They have admitted to improving their collaboration and streamlining their communication by using BIM. Companies can now have better construction cost estimation by just analyzing the model and both parties can properly visualize the project without having it constructed. Just because everything can be visualized before, companies have now improved their coordination and this has also reduced possible clashes between both parties. At construction sites, this means that the risk factor can be minimized and the cost can be reduced just to make sure that everything takes place just as planned.

Note: This is a guest blog by John Smith, who is a civil engineer who writes on  construction management