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Building Information Modeling (BIM): Why owners should demand this technology for their next construction project

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Over the past half-century, few innovations within the construction industry have significantly changed the way buildings are designed and constructed­­­—until BIM. Today, this revolutionary software tool is changing the way that architects, engineers, contractors and owners not only collaborate but it’s adding value throughout the entire lifecycle of a project. And for owners, that equates to real savings throughout the project.  It’s simply a better way for everyone involved.

Here are 4 specific examples of how BIM is improving the construction process:

1. Collaboration ensures precision
Information sharing is the fundamental principle of BIM. The software stores key intelligence about the project from all team members including architects, engineers, and contractors.  This allows the information to be shared in real time across all disciplines. By having all parties use one system, it ensures precision during all phases of the project. Which means fewer mistakes, less headaches and little schedule pushbacks for the client.

2. Early detection and resolution of conflicts
There are more opportunities for the team to identify potential issues early on. For example, the software can detect any clashes between mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems before they are installed. BIM technology also allows owners to see a clear idea of design intent for the project, so they can modify details before construction begins. As a result change orders are minimized and costs are contained.

3. Enhanced safety
Just as clients use BIM to visualize the final product, the modeled environment can be reviewed at various stages of the construction process to identify potential safety and health hazards. For instance, temporary scaffolding systems can be modeled to avoid dangers and facilitate different construction means and methods for the project. This helps minimize risk for both construction workers and future occupants of the building.

4. Better project efficiency
BIM software can track the cost consequences of every design change in real time. By adding the power of virtual design tools and BIM enabled takeoff software, project costs and schedules can be better managed, and the overall quality of a project is enhanced.

Getting the most out of BIM requires the advice and support of a knowledgeable construction management team. For more information on how Hourigan Construction is committed to mastering the built environment through technology with BIM software, visit our BIM services page.

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