BIM is a concept that arose more than 40 years ago. Forward-thinking individuals envisioned a process that would allow them to visually build and manage projects on a computer. Today, BIM is quickly evolving as a standard for construction and has transformed the industry.
Not surprisingly, the BIM process is leveraged across the construction industry and is gradually becoming the single point of reference for builders. According to a study by McGraw-Hill Construction, BIM use has increased from 28% to 71% between 2007-2012 in North America. As more people are using the tool, there are greater demands for enhanced functionality.
Here are a few of the trends that are changing how BIM is being used and what users are requesting.
Democratization of Models
Models are often used only by those that understand and know how to build virtual models, limiting and constraining their use for many downstream activities. Imagine anytime and anywhere access to connected project information. The entire project team would be able to access the model data from a laptop, iPad or smartphone. With this immediate accessibility, users can experience more streamlined multidiscipline collaboration, improved overall project efficiency and reduced workflows.
Assemble’s cloud-based system allows access to BIM data anywhere, at anytime. This real-time access to construction data assures that team members are working off the most up-to-date data, and allows the project to keep moving towards completion.
Extend the “I” Information
Knowledge is power, and at the root of knowledge is information. Creating a BIM model that contains all the information about the building in one common database improves the accuracy of cost estimates, accelerates workflows, increases project productivity and allows the building team to make better-informed decisions. With this information, team members can also automatically track design progress, trend for budget risk, manage change, and improve project controls.
Expand BIM Deliverables and Services
When BIM processes are accessible to more of the team and the information is transparent, the quality of the deliverables increase and so does the project outcome. When companies improve results, they improve win rates and customer satisfaction. Expanding BIM deliverables and services can enhance and differentiate your business.
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