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  • Why Do The Consulting Engineers Integrate Bim Into The Construction Strategies?

    Why Do The Consulting Engineers Integrate Bim Into The Construction Strategies?

    By Fernandes & Associates Pty Ltd 24 May 2022
    Architecture, Engineering, and Construction or AEC industries could have been delayed if they went on depending on the time-tested methodologies. As emphasized by the structural engineers in Brisbane, Building Information Modeling or BIM is known to play a crucial integral role to determine the success of the construction strategies.

    1. Team Building and Effective Communication

    Errors are sure to result in added costs and further delays in the undertaken construction project due to the scarcity of effective communication among the parties involved. Due to the absence of BIM, the parties interested could independently work for achieving their exclusive goals from the construction project. As assured by the consulting engineers from the certified structural engineering firms in Brisbane, stress on integrating the engineers, architects, operations, and systems management departments as well as the project management into a much collaborative process. Through this collaboration, a common and unified goal is achieved exactly from the planning stage, thus improving all the team's chances to be aligned at each construction phase.

    2. Time and Cost Estimation

    The two major factors which contribute to the construction project's success are time and cost. Through the BIM model, making an estimate of the time and cost essential at the time of the planning and designing phase. Owing to the model-based time and cost estimation, human errors can be eliminated by providing all the accurate numbers. Having a reliable estimate of all these perimeters during the construction planning stage helps significantly in ramping up the financing and planning function's effectiveness as well as in the cases of commercial real estate projects when the sales are driven up.

    3. Elimination of On-Site Redesigning and Reworks

    Sometimes, the finally constructed buildings are different compared to their blueprint. All the designs have to undergo multiple changes pre – constructions. The facility's digital prototype provides a real-time view of the entire building. The final designs' visualization in the pre-construction phase enables the involved parties in analyzing the designs' constructability. These changes, without BIM, are observed at the construction phase, and a lot of time is lost when the design is reworked on. The BIM model is much helpful to evict these situations. By having an accurate picture of the overall facility, apart from imagining the design, driving development strategies and expansion in the future becomes possible.

    4. Cost Reduces Since Lesser But Optimum Materials are Involved

    Calculation of the raw materials' quantity, is vital for any construction project.  The consulting engineers traditionally estimate the materials' quantity by making use of the 2D drawings and thumb rules, often resulting in either under or over-estimation. Using BIM, the quantity take-offs are far more precise and accurate, which is helpful to reduce the costs because of wastage or scarcity of raw materials. The ability to procuring materials with confidence proves to be helpful to the procurement teams to derive better deals and assuring a better predictable material supply over the project duration.

    5. Operations Management and Building Handover

    The vital aspect during the building handover is the building information that is important in the facility operations management. In the BIM, there is digitally centralized information that can be accessed easily by the operations management team, different from the traditional method, where an individual has to manage piles of files and papers and facing the challenge to access information at times of crisis and emergencies. It leaves behind strategic implications on several issues, such as driving efficient energy usage, safety management, and green practices.
    BIM is indeed, something more than being a 3D modeling. BIM is having more dimensions – 4D: construction scheduling, 5D – cost estimation, 6D – facility management, and 7D – sustainability. All the construction stages are covered under BIM, beginning from conception and ending with demotion. The structural consulting engineers work by integrating BIM to construction strategies and Value Engineering, which is the crucial benefit of BIM. Through Value Engineering, the projects' designs are likely to change and you can save a substantial amount of time and money.

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