The Shard, Western Europe's tallest building had employed BIM for design coordination and clash detection. The building’s complex geometry required seamless collaboration among architects, structural engineers, and contractors which is why BIM played a crucial role in the construction of it. BIM systems implementations across the world are reaching new heights which is testimony to the fact that the global building information modeling (BIM) market size is projected to reach USD 15.0 billion by 2028 registering a CAGR of 13.7% according to a report published by Markets and Markets. The BIM market in India is also growing at a rapid pace which can be understood from recent events where the government has employed BIM software solutions for the construction of the new Navi Mumbai and Jewar Airports.
“To make India a five trillion dollar economy, we need to strengthen four sectors: water, power, transport, and communication. For the development of the infrastructure industry, we need digital transformation to take the lead. With digitalization, we can march towards perfection,” said Nitin Gadkari, Union Road Transport and Highway Minister, in his inaugural session at the GeoSmart Infrastructure Conference.
The world is witness to the fact that BIM and its digitization have transformed project collaboration for the construction sector over the last decade. In order to understand why it has been instrumental, one needs to delve deeper into the various aspects that are responsible for bringing about the change.
All project stakeholders can have equal access to the BIM as it creates a centralized digital model that acts as a common data platform. This model promotes the single source of truth by gathering all relevant project information in real-time including 3D models, specifications, schedules, and cost data.
Autodesk BIM 360 is a cloud-based platform that oversees the entire lifestyle of a construction project. It works as a central data repository and provides an environment for architects, engineers, contractors, and other project stakeholders through which they can collaborate and coordinate. The platform comprises of various modules and features that address the various aspects of the construction process.
BIM solutions create a state of collaboration among all stakeholders and workers in a real estate project. All the data gets updated in the system in real time allowing all team members to coordinate accordingly and leaving no room for errors, delays, or misunderstandings.
Procore Technologies is a BIM company that puts a lot of emphasis on enhanced communication and collaboration related to the construction sector. The company offers a cloud-based construction management platform that enables team members to collaborate in real-time, streamline communication, and enhance the overall efficiency of the project.
The IPD methodologies that are followed by BIM solutions support all stakeholders in early collaboration at the onset of any given project. Resultantly, it helps in improved outcomes in project management and delivery, enhances overall efficiency and saves costs.
Aconex (now part of Oracle), is a cloud-based collaboration platform that has been specifically designed for the construction and engineering sector. It comprises of tools and advanced features that help in collaboration, communication, and project management throughout the lifecycle. The company aims to facilitate the integration of project stakeholders and promote a collaborative approach.
Project understanding through 3D visualization has been made possible using BIM solutions and enhanced stakeholder understanding of a project. Identification of potential problems before beginning of construction, evaluation of construction sequences, and assessment of different designs can be achieved by the simulation tools that are in-built into a BIM solution.
Autodesk Revit is a BIM software that provides support to the entire process of building design and construction. It is being used by architects, engineers, and construction professionals at a large scale because of its collaborative features and robust capabilities in the areas of 3D modeling, visualization, and simulation.
BIM systems are equipped to detect clashes and offer possible coordination for various kinds of operations before the start of a particular project. This immensely helps all team members in resolving all possible conflicts and reducing the risk of on-site issues that can result in costly rework.
Bentley Navigator is a BIM solution that offers clash detection and coordination capabilities. AECOsim Building Designer can be called a comprehensive BIM application that helps in the coordination of structural, architectural, and MEP disciplines.
There has been tremendous progress in the BIM sector and many innovative solutions have emerged in this regard over the last decade. We have seen an integrated approach towards project management with the help of BIM solutions along with all kinds of collaborations significantly increased. The construction sector is welcoming this transformation as many innovations in BIM technology are under R&D that are planned to be launched in the coming years.