Construction of a building is an elaborate and equally complex process. Owner, contractor, architect, consultant, engineer are among the many stakeholders that are engaged in the realization of a building or structure. Such a multifaceted task is susceptible to many a hurdles. It could be an issue with the design of the building or concerning management and coordination in execution among many others that cannot even be anticipated. However, many of these stumbling blocks can be evaded with the help of BIM – Building Information Modeling. This fascinating technology is an all-inclusive tool (Architectural, Structural and MEP BIM Coordination services, 4D, 5D, 6D) that stream lines the entire process.
The construction route has undergone massive transformation in the recent past. We have now moved on from the conventional ways of paper and pencil. Earlier, the engineers and architects made the construction drawings by hand. This was one tedious task. These drawings were used onsite to carry out the construction. There is only so much accuracy one can guarantee with the manually drawn and coordinated drawings; no matter how thoroughly they are prepared. There were often discrepancies encountered while construction which added to the cost and timeline of the project. The architects and engineers had to work around the already built structure and come up with solutions on site that helped minimize the damages.
The modernization and digitalization of these practices have majorly diminished the discrepancies and unpredictability. A systematic and thorough pre-construction stage enables seamless construction phase. Through effective planning and coordination aided by these innovative tools, we achieve higher productivity and cost and resource saving. CAD – Computer aided designing and drafting is used to develop the initial design drawings for construction. This means no more drudging on paper with pencil. These drawings drafted on the computer with relevant software such as AutoCAD can be more conveniently modified.
These drawings for the different systems – architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire fighting are used to create 3D models in Revit. BIM enabled 3D models for all the systems are developed. With the help of Navisworks, the models are synced and checked for interferences. Clashes if any are resolved. Once all the models are in sync, the models are integrated into one master model which is used for reference by the engineers and architects during the construction. The construction drawings for each of the systems are extracted which are then used for construction. With BIM, we have the scheduling (4D) for construction as well as the costing (5D) and energy analysis (6D) too. BIM assists all along the life cycle of the building. Thus, effective Architectural, Structural and MEP BIM Coordination services help conquer the giant process of construction efficiently and successfully.