The use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the construction and engineering industry for simulating the planning, designing, construction and operation of any BIM model helps in making decisions and leverage the performance of the facility through its intelligent data-rich, object oriented platform.
There are many BIM solutions out there used by the construction industry, but how do you pick a suitable one? The best among them share some common characteristics which make them effective and reliable. We will reveal them to you in our post today.
Best Characteristics of a BIM Solution
So, what is it that you need to look for in a BIM solution that can make your construction work easier and faster? Let us take a look.
The presence of smart objects
Smart objects can maintain the association, connection, and relation with other objects which are required to achieve the holistic approach of BIM. If one object is changed or manipulated, the effect is reflected automatically in all other aspects of the design.
Availability of object libraries is also an important feature.
Stand alone solution
The BIM solution should provide complete support for generating construction documents. There must not be the need of using another separate drafting application.
All information must be able to be stored and accessed from the single interface of the program.
Distributed work processes
A reliable BIM platform makes it possible to run distributed work processes where multiple members of the team can simultaneously work on the same project.
It is one of the main functions of BIM to enable collaboration and coordination among the various team members and stakeholders.
It is best to go for a solution which supports multi-disciplinary capabilities serving the needs of MEP, structural designing and architecture.
The use of BIM consulting has nowadays extended to plan and design eco-friendly and energy efficient buildings and facilities.
The quality of help and support documents, learning resources and tutorials is also important. Sometimes the complex nature of the model or the project may need BIM professionals to access the support documents.
Another important characteristic is the ability to directly integrate with structural analysis, energy analysis and project management tools.
Easy integration opens the doors for improved coordination, a hallmark of BIM solutions.
Here are some of the other characteristics most BIM applications offer.
- Preliminary conceptual design modeling should be supported by the BIM service.
- The solution should be compatible with IFC (Industry Foundation classes).
- As the requirement with any software, the BIM solution should not be sluggish and able to carry out the operations quickly even in the case of complex activities.
- The interface should be user-friendly with easy options for navigation.
The construction and engineering industry are much dependent on drawing for the purpose of designing and constructing facilities and buildings. The potential of BIM extends way beyond design and helps in more intelligent and efficient modeling for better outcomes and informed decisions.