President Barack Obama declared that infrastructure is a key investment for long-term economic growth in the country. The growing population and industrialization around the world has given a boost to the infrastructure industry.
Old buildings are being renovated and new infrastructure projects are being charted out. This rapid growth has put pressure on infrastructure firms for the development and adoption of new technologies.
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The first step for any infrastructure plan is the architectural idea. Technical drawings have been evolving for decades to make things simpler for everyone involved, including the architect, contractor, engineer and owner.
From paper drawings to 2D computer-aided drawings and now building information modeling, construction drawing has gone through a technological revolution. BIM in particular has taken the industry by a storm with its easy-to-use tools and accurate analysis models.
What is Building Information Modeling (BIM)?
BIM is, contrary to what many people think, not a software. It is a process that gives professionals in the AEC industry the tools and insights to design, manage, plan and construct infrastructure and buildings more efficiently than before.
All of this is based on intelligent 3D modeling. For instance, with BIM, you can digitize your construction site or use connected workflows to improve profitability.
In the not-so-distant past, 2D drawings and blueprints were used to convey information for building plans. This unfortunately made it hard to accurately visualize requirements and dimensions.
Later, the advent of CAD (computer-aided design) allowed drafters to make better decisions thanks to digital images. Eventually CAD turned 3D, which made visuals more realistic.
The elements that constitute a BIM model store data and are geometrical. If any of these elements are changed, the rest of the model automatically updates to reflect the change. This maintains consistency throughout the project and helps keep architects, engineers, and managers on the same page.
What’s Next for BIM?
Unfortunately, a shaky economy has hampered the spread of BIM. Small and medium-sized enterprises find it difficult to make heavy investments in it.
These companies are still using CAD and have been hesitant to convert to BIM. However, those who switched from CAD to Revit saw a remarkable difference between 2D and 3D models.
BIM will continue to shape the AEC industry for the foreseeable future.
Benefits of Building Information Modeling
BIM calculates and suggests the quality and quantity of building components suitable for the design, which means smooth sailing for manufacturers.
It calculates the light and energy consumption of a structure and advises ways to balance it. This is extremely helpful in designing green buildings.
It gives the owner a thorough tour of the project, from its initialization to its demolition.
The growing demand of conversions to BIM has opened a new possibility for small and medium-sized businesses.
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