Benefits of BIM implementation- BIM Modeling services- blog by United-BIM

5- Benefits of BIM

BIM is not new today; all AEC professionals are very well familiar with BIM – Building Information Modeling. BIM stands for Building Information Modeling, and it was coined by Autodesk– maker of BIM software platforms such as Revit and AutoCAD, has described it pretty well in one line – “A change anywhere is change everywhere” and that is instant with no user intervention. We will be covering various benefits of BIM in this article.

There are many definitions of BIM out there and all are accurate in most senses. BIM is an intelligent model-based process to create building model data that is essentially coordinated and computable and thus AEC professionals can more efficiently design, build and operate building and infrastructures. A true BIM model consists of the virtual equivalents of the actual building parts and pieces used to build a building which means a building can be “built” even before its physical realization through a virtual model.

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We would like to describe BIM as “Best Intelligent Method/Modus Operandi” since it makes building (infrastructure) lifecycle much easier from concept to construction to management/maintenance i.e. Design-Build-Operate.

There are many benefits of BIM, a blog from Autodesk highlights 11 benefits of BIM. One of our client, Russell and Dawson has adopted BIM as their standard modus operandi since past 5 years and all of their projects reap the benefits of BIM. Based on our experience, we see the following are the key benefits of BIM

1- Digital Integration:

3D models with physical & functional characteristics and relationship – making multi-disciplinary collaboration much easier and speedier. It makes change management much easier and faster.

2- Visualizations at fingertips:

sections, elevations, sheet views, 3D rendering

3- A spectrum of analytical Scope:

Energy loads, structural integrity, lighting analysis, heating & cooling

4- Accurate decision making :

faster buy-in and approvals with realistic visualizations and it conveys design-intent to the field

5- Accessibility to information:

we can retain model information from concept to construction to management/maintenance.

Benefits of BIM

1- Digital Integration

2- Visualizations at fingertips

3- A spectrum of analytical Scope

4- Accurate decision making 

5- Accessibility to information

Here are examples of our recent projects across various sectors, we utilized Revit Architecture, MEP, and Structural, as well as Navisworks, 3D Studio Max, AutoCAD and Tekla’s Tedds and Shear wall.

1

Hospitality

Fairfield Inn & Suites, Williamstown, MA
Courtyard, West Springfield, MA
Hampton Inn & Suites, Keene, NH

2

Corporate

Accutime Ellington, CT
Alloy Specialties Manchester, CT
McGivney & Kluger Hartford, CT

3

Healthcare

Spay & Neuter Clinic, East Hartford, CT
Greenwich Hospital Greenwich, CT

4

Commercial

Extra Space Storage (South building extension) Hartford, CT
Town and Country Package Store, East Hartford, CT
Silver Lane Shopping, East Hartford, CT

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BIM for Architectural

Through Revit BIM software, we are able to develop accurate and higher-quality architectural designs. We can make better design decisions, improve building performance, and collaborate more effectively with our team and with our clients. We either use masses or real elements in BIM environment. We leverage readily available Revit models from BIMobject.com or Revitcity and create custom Revit library for the projects. Once the schematic architectural model is ready, we leverage 3DS Max to prepare walk-through or renderings.

Project Name: Residence Inn & Suites
SQFT: 91,136
Story: 4

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BIM for Structural

Through Revit BIM structural and Tekla, we are able to produce improved structural documentation, reduce errors, and streamline collaboration across internal and external teams including contractors and fabricators. We do load calculation, foundation design, retaining wall design, roof structure, beam/slab/column/frame design, steel /concrete/ RCC structure design etc.

Project Name: Extra Space Storage

Image of Benefits of BIM- MEP Model of Hotel

Through Revit BIM software, we are able to develop accurate and higher-quality architectural designs. We can make better design decisions, improve building performance, and collaborate more effectively with our team and with our clients. We either use masses or real elements in BIM environment. We leverage readily available Revit models from BIMobject.com or Revitcity and create custom Revit library for the projects. Once the schematic architectural model is ready, we leverage 3DS Max to prepare walk-through or renderings.

Project Name: Fairfield Inn & Suites
SQFT: 56,000
Story: 3

 

At United-BIM, we are a big fan of BIM and firmly believe that it can be leveraged 5-phases of construction development: Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, and Construction. We have found that there are significantly less RFI’s when BIM is used correctly in all phases of a project. BIM process has created a strong connection between design and construction, we are always looking for ways to make the process even faster and more efficient.