BIM in Construction Sector: A Catalyst for Digital Transformation!
May 11, 2023, By: Revit BIM Services

BIM in Construction Sector: A Catalyst for Digital Transformation!

Imagine a varied set of building information which is available you in segregation. How convenient and efficient would it be for you and the construction stakeholders, if all this information could be digitized, stored, visualized, and used for better decision making for the built environment? That is exactly where BIM fits in the puzzle of today’s construction industry.

BIM could be understood as the paving stone for digital transformation which integrates layers of data to generate a digital representation of an asset for every stage of its lifecycle. It helps to design, execute, and operate better thereby optimizing the resource usage throughout the lifecycle of building system. Be it any stage of the building lifecycle or any format of data type, BIM Services has helped in the integration of disarticulated data in a single model to better synchronize the construction processes and make efficient.

But why exactly do we need BIM? Reports mention that in the construction industry, large projects take 20% longer to finish and are 80% over budget. Moreover, 30% of the project failures were caused due to the poor communication between people and processes. Construction industry has already been sluggish in the adoption of digital transformation as compared to the other sectors. Hence, tools like BIM needs to be adopted and evolved further to use the available data for better collaboration and decision making. Below mentioned are certain aspects in which BIM could benefit the construction industry –

Resource Optimization

BIM can support precise calculations for the construction materials and services through BIM 4D and Quantity take-offs, and help in better evaluation of the requirements thereby reducing the cost overruns.

Enhanced Stakeholder Collaboration

The integration of multifaceted data through BIM could be accessed by various stakeholders to reduce the effort duplication and communicate changes in a better way thereby reducing delays.

Improved User Experience

3D visualizations like views and walkthroughs can help take better feedback from the user group and facilitate inclusive design process.

Digital Transformation

Tools like facility management software, predictive maintenance platforms and Digital Twins rely on the foundation of BIM. It helps build on the amalgamated data structure for further analysis and forecasting processes.

Barriers to BIM Adoption

Several factors inhibit the adoption of BIM by corporates. High initial cost, resistance to change, lack of interest from potential clients, shortage of skilled and experienced BIM users, insufficient government support, legal and intellectual property rights issues, etc. are some of the major factors that affect BIM adoption. With several governments enforcing BIM for public-funded projects and the technology around virtual design and construction evolving constantly, the scenario is set to change. Early adopters to BIM will gain unprecedented advantage over their competitors since BIM can help cut costs and shorten the project execution time, while increasing the productivity.

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Undoubtedly, BIM proves to be an efficient tool for increasing efficiency in the construction industry. Going ahead, the adoption of BIM is expected to increase considering the increased pressure of limited resources, sustainability compliances and changing consumer demands. It would be interesting to see how these vectors support the adoption of BIM and catalyze further innovation in the construction industry.