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TECHNOLOGY

Stalo Engineering & Consulting uses Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology.  With the use of this model-based approach, the advantage of time and budget savings for building infrastructure projects truly shines and offers tangible bottom-line returns from streamlined workflows. 

 

TOP BENEFITS OF BIM

 The central characteristic that makes BIM special is its database storage methodology.  Creating a single source for design allows for collaboration, modeling, and streamlining of workflows.  BIM technology stands out because it centralizes information from the 4D, 5D, and 6D sequencing and transcends a simple design to deliver a construction lifecycle manual, simplifying the process and improving accuracy of projections. 

 

     1.  BIM Improves Team Collaboration & Workflow Efficiency

BIM allows architects, structural engineers, and builders to access information in the format they need without the requirement to duplicate data.  The collective utilization of a single dataset means that edits made in one format are automatically propagated throughout the system.  This means:

  • Greater iteration can be embraced during the design phase.

  • Teams can work more collaboratively and are no longer required to waste time cross-checking documentation files.

  • Specialists can provide input across all areas of a project.

  • The amount of time it takes to develop a plan is reduced.

  • Workflows produce fewer errors and require less oversight.

     2.  BIM Provides a Stable Platform for Computer Simulations & 3D Models

A BIM database provides a store of architectural and design data that can be used for 3D modeling and software simulations.  These programs can be used for design and structural purposes, allowing for creative deployment of new materials and design concepts.  Options include:

  • Adding paint to walls.

  • Adding interior features.

  • Simulating sunlight at different times of day.

  • Investigating the impact of natural disasters.

  • Testing the structural viability of an experimental plan.

The ability of architects and engineers to see and test their plans before construction enables for innovative project designs and improved plan efficiency.  Infrastructure can be tested for long-term safety.  Iterative assessments can be undertaken to achieve best practice designs, cheaper construction models, and efficient use of materials. 

 

     3.  BIM Enables Clients to Engage with Projects Prior to Construction

The 3D models you can use for design purposes also make it easier to share ideas with clients.  Individuals can view plans and visualize the result.  BIM creates a 3D model that allows open accessibility, enabling anyone to explore or edit with the correct permissions.  This aids design teams, modelers, and architects to become more proactive in their workflow with clients on construction projects. 

 

     4.  BIM Follows Buildings Throughout Their Lives

BIM schematics create the foundations for a digital handover.  A database of the relevant information about a structure allows a building manager to easily acquaint themselves with a building and learn the critical information about its integrity.  In case of a leak or hazard, a look at the 3D model will give more of a clue as to the source of a problem and aid in repair goals.  This data can be updated throughout the life of a building and continue to provide relevant and valuable information to anyone seeking to upgrade, repair, or renovate the facility. 

 

SOURCE:  https://info.vercator.com/blog/4-reasons-bim-is-important