Benefits of 3D BIM in Construction Projects

07 February 2020

Over time, the demand for 3D BIM has substantially increased. Even with this fact, though, many still have a misconception of what this process is and how it helps the AEC industry. Some think that this is just about developing 3D designs and models. While this is at the core of BIM, this process is about creating and managing all the project’s information to result in the output called a Building Information Model. This model includes digital descriptions of all aspects of the physical architectural, engineering or construction project. Although most consider 3D BIM to deal with the preconstruction stage of a project, such as planning and design, it benefits every aspect of the project from beginning of it as well as throughout its lifespan. We share some benefits of this process in the following to illustrate our meaning.

One. More Effective Communication and Collaboration

BIM 3D models provide an enhanced way to share, collaborate and version that a set of paper drawings cannot offer to professionals and clients. There even are cloud-based tools for the purpose of seamlessly coordination across all aspects of the project. Cloud access also offers effective communication between all personnel, whether they are in the field or the office.

Two. Effective Preconstruction Visualisation of the Project

Through utilising BIM effectively, you can not only plan the project but also visualise it accurately as you proceed through the preconstruction stage. You will have a better overview of the project, which minimises time-consuming, expensive changes later on in the process.

Three. Accurate Model-Based Cost Estimation

Certain versions of BIM tools include cost estimators, which elevates the 3D versions to 5D versions. This tool automates the tedious task of applying and explaining the various costs connected with preconstruction and construction.

Four. Improved Coordinating of the Structure Features to Prevent Clashes from Occurring

3D BIM will prevent such clashes as the plumbing and electrical systems occupying the same space through improved coordination of these features and more.

Five. Better Sequencing and Scheduling

You can reduce the time that each stage of the project requires and prevent scheduling setbacks using the BIM. The time that this saves can bring about financial gains since the cost of labour might be lower as a result of the improved scheduling and sequencing.

Six. Better Structures

The 3D BIM renderings provide improved building quality. Optimisation of the plans is possible much earlier in the design process in comparison to flat paper plans. Improvements can vary from more durable structural components to more attractive aesthetics such as the flow of the light throughout the building from the windows.

Seven. 3D BIM Saves Companies Money

One last significant benefit that we need to mention is that BIM saves companies money since it can lower the cost of the overall project. This cost-savings help the profitability of the companies.