The roots of building information modeling (BIM) date back decades to the early days of computing. Originally used as a means of visualization, BIM started merely as an academic construct, just one small component of the ample process we know it to be today.
Over the years, the technology has advanced and the tools that support the use of BIM have developed along with it. When BIM first emerged, the emphasis was on the 3D project model created by the design team that may or may not have been used by the construction team. It existed in isolation as a means of design documentation. However, the industry has evolved to appreciate the numerous benefits of BIM thanks to the adoption of cloud based solutions that distribute consistent information to all stakeholders throughout the project life-cycle.
Today, BIM is a lot more than just a visualization tool used for design documentation. BIM is all about information – BIM is a process that gains value when it is used to collect, use and share information to improve project insight and delivery. BIM provides a comprehensive method for project management by facilitating collaboration throughout the project life cycle.
Although numerous projects currently use BIM-related solutions, many professional firms fail to see the bigger picture. Too often project budgets are exceeded and time/assets are wasted because firms fail to capitalize on the expansive benefits of BIM beyond design documentation. A proper BIM implementation enables all stakeholders to communicate on the same platform to create a common data environment that is accessible throughout the project lifecycle to make accurate, data driven decisions.
Thinking about BIM purely as technology is a costly mistake. BIM has now evolved into a complete project lifecycle management platform where everyone can speak the same language and avoid or overcome challenges in a way that improves productivity and project outcomes.
Despite the amount of BIM software solutions and modeling applications available, project success depends on a team’s ability to make the right decisions at the right times. Assemble’s model data management solution provides the most efficient platform that enables managers and contractors to achieve exceptional outcomes by using BIM to its fullest potential.