With limited budgets and accelerated schedules, today’s facility managers, architects and construction teams often struggle to communicate their needs clearly to each other – this can lead to lost time and productivity as well as increased waste on the jobsite.
BIM is the process of creating an accurately-detailed 3D model of your structure, including as much or as little detail as you like. This allows anyone on any team to easily visualize complex concepts and how they fit into the bigger picture.
Reducing communication error goes a long way towards streamlining projects and improving bottom lines, but that’s just the beginning. BIM software creates 5-dimensional representations (a 3D model with time and cost as the 4th and 5th‘dimensions’, respectively) to describe entire projects and the individual systems within them.
It sounds complex – but in practice, Building Information Modeling is beautiful in its simplicity and effectiveness.
BIM software lets you construct your entire building virtually, before you ever break ground. This removes uncertainty and doubt in your plan by helping you work out any potential issues before they arise.
Time-compressed simulations let you experiment with new ideas, identify any emergent problems, isolate the faulty system and make preemptive course-corrections quickly and easily during the design phase.
You’ll also be able to accurately judge at a glance when to order various materials, avoiding the liability, upfront expense and potential wastage of maintaining an onsite stockpile.
FACILITY MANAGEMENT MADE EASY
When you’re coordinating teams to execute a project with minimum impact on smooth facility operation, clear communication is crucial. Allowing each team to contribute their expertise to an accurate model reduces the likelihood of mistakes and misunderstandings.
With a perfect model to reference, it’s much easier to identify the causes of problems as they occur.
For example, imagine you have an electrical short somewhere inside an interior, load-bearing wall. The short compromises your facility’s operational capacity and you need it fixed now.
You can locate the problematic junction box – down to the manufacturer and part number – precisely on your model to minimize the impact of repair work and get your facility up and running as quickly as possible.
BIM: THE TOOL THAT KEEPS ON GIVING
The applications of Building Information modeling are virtually endless. Once your model is created, using it as your go-to database of important information becomes second nature. With all your teams focused on the same clear-cut plan, you’ll notice:
- Improved conceptualization & awareness across departments
- Enhanced productivity, better coordination & reduced confusion
- Simplified storage of and instant access to important information
- Better margins through decreased project costs
- Faster project completion times
THE BEST TOOL – AND TEAM – FOR THE JOB
JME uses (and recommends using) Autodesk Revit MEP for Building Information Modeling. While this fully-featured software is flexible, versatile and user-friendly, learning to use it correctly does take time and a fair bit of technical knowledge.
By working closely with your design team, we can create precision models of your building very quickly. This allows you to focus on other aspects of project management – and whether you’re improving an existing property or building something new, there are plenty of those.
We can handle as much or as little of this process as you like.
The best way to get the real, inside story on this powerful software and how it can make your life easier is to ask us how it’s benefitted JME and our clients in dozens of ways on hundreds of projects and how, specifically, it can be applied to simplifying yours.