The move from 2D drawings to 3D models is well underway and gaining steam in the architectural, engineering, and construction industry, thanks to tangible bottom-line returns from streamlined workflows.
The model-based approach increases efficiency within individual organizations and truly shines during coordinated project delivery. Building information modeling can drive time and budget savings for building and infrastructure projects.
Here are the top 10 benefits of building information modeling (BIM)
1. Capture Reality. The wealth of information that’s easily accessible about project sites has expanded greatly with better mapping tools and images of Earth. Today, project starts include aerial imagery and digital elevation, along with laser scans of existing infrastructure, accurately capturing reality and greatly streamlining project preparations. With BIM, designers benefit from all of that input compiled and shared in a model—in a way that paper isn’t able to capture.
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2. Waste Not, Want Not. With a shared model, there’s less need for rework and duplication of drawings for the different requirements of building disciplines. The model contains more information than a drawing set, allowing each discipline to annotate and connect their intelligence to the project. BIM drawing tools have the advantage of being faster than 2D drawing tools, and each object is connected to a database. The database aids such steps as the…