As building information modeling grows in prominence, builders and designers share their thoughts on how it helps their businesses
Building information modeling, or BIM, isn’t exactly the new kid on the block anymore among technological innovations in the home building industry. The concept has been around in some way, shape, or form in the industry for decades, and more and more builders are jumping on board. For many builders, however, questions remain about what exactly BIM is and how it can benefit them.
What Is Building Information Modeling?
Levels of BIMBIM is a process whereby a builder creates a home in a 3D environment to better define construction ahead of the actual build. Steps in the BIM process, as described by Sirilla, include:2D: Is all about plans and specifications. “We’ve done it since people were using drafting boards before computers. But even with that, there can be disconnects and missed steps.”3D: “Involves visualization and coordination of the project before it begins, and identifying design conflicts before field work starts.”4D: “Is the model-based phasing of the construction process. It helps builders gain control over their trades’ material installation.”5D: “Includes model-based cost definition, with accurate costing based on precise measurement information. It aims at zero waste by utilizing whole pieces rather than parts of materials, resulting in fewer dumpsters going to landfills.”6D: Assesses the types of materials to be used, the life cycles of those materials, and how long those materials could last in specific climate conditions.”7D: Looks at the life cycle of the building, including its operation and maintenance.8D: Is the integrated product development and project delivery using all of the processes above, producing a well-rounded and thoroughly calculated project.