Building information modeling (BIM) is a process that involves capturing and documenting everything about a building, site, or project in great detail – and often in 3D. Not only does it incorporate digital modeling, but it also integrates valuable data about the specific elements of a building or site. It brings a series of complex systems together in one place so they can be viewed and managed as a whole.
This technology allows you to interact with a building model in a way never possible before: As a living, breathing depiction of a structure that can be used throughout its lifecycle.
BIM keeps everyone on the project team – architects, engineers, integrators, contractors, consultants, and owners – in sync about project timelines and progress. It provides the opportunity to bring critical feedback to the table at the beginning stages of the design process instead of during construction so that expectations can be aligned before the project moves forward.
For projects that involve team members in a variety of locations, BIM makes data easily accessible to everyone simultaneously at any time. It also brings new levels of transparency to the design process, allowing everyone to see what everyone else is doing – and when and how they’re doing it. Time delays, material waste, rework, and cost overruns are kept to a minimum.
For building owners and operators, the benefits of BIM extend far beyond project completion. These models can be used throughout a building’s lifecycle to streamline operations, security and safety, maintenance, and facilities management. Information captured through BIM can also be used to help make the most of available space.