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10 benefits of BIM and manufacturer-specific BIM objects

BIM is short for Building Information Modelling, and yes, it is a tool for handling information and enabling modelling. But there are countless other benefits of BIM that you might not be aware of. Below, we've listed a few of them, and why the use of real, manufacturer-specific BIM objects is the natural next step in the evolution of construction.

Realistic representations

With tools like scanners and drones, today we are able to capture our physical reality in ways that are unprecedented. Building Information Modelling allows designers and architects to benefit from that, and to integrate their projects in accurate representations of the real surroundings. With immersive technologies like VR and AR, a virtual representation of the BIM model can then be experienced, almost as if it was already built. When real, manufacturer-specific BIM objects are used in a BIM model, you get as close to experiencing the final result as one possibly can, without actually having to build it.

Less waste

With a BIM model, the need for rework and changes decreases dramatically. A BIM model contains so much more information and parameters than a traditional drawing set, and allows for all the different stakeholders to connect their information and requirements to the project. When each object is connected to a database, the different parts of the model are automatically updated as the model is redesigned and evolves. This means fewer misunderstandings, and less waste of time, money, and material. When manufacturer-specific objects are used in a model, the estimates become even more exact.

Real objects enable real planning

When real, manufacturer-specific objects from bimobject.com are inserted in a BIM model, they are connected to a Single Source of Truth through the BIMobject® Cloud. That means they are future-proof, in the sense that they are automatically updated as products and product information from the manufacturer change over time. This removes the risk and the hassle of outdated and incorrect files being used in plans, causing problems and confusion.

Increased control and security

When the BIM model is a the centre of the workflow, the connection to the project history enables users to go back and retrieve information, and helps the users control the flow of information. This minimises the risk of corrupt files or disappeared information causing problems. When manufacturer-specific BIM objects, sourced through bimobject.com, are used, they are connected to the database and automatically updated with the newest product information. This is important for a number of reasons, not least from a security and risk management perspective, as it allows the manufacturer instantly to convey important information to everyone who is using their products, even years after the building has been built.

Ability to simulate, test and optimise

In a BIM model, the architect can try out how the building will work under different conditions. Will a room appear light enough in winter when daylight is scarce? How much energy will be needed to keep it warm? With modern tools, simulations and analyses can be performed to help optimise the performance and cost efficiency of a building. When manufacturer-specific BIM objects are inserted in a model, calculations become even more exact and everything from environmental impact to maintenance cost can be taken into account.

Collaboration and transparency

Sharing and collaborating around and in the BIM model is a lot easier and more efficient than with traditional drawing sets. Many would even argue that the collaboration that forms an intrinsic part of the BIM process, is one of the greatest benefits of BIM. With these new processes, all parties are more or less forced to work together and share information with each other. Everyone can give input on the evolution of the design, so that all parties can be ready to get started as soon as the concept is finalised. The BIM process provides a new level of transparency, where the division of responsibility becomes more clear.

Fewer clashes and misunderstandings

Clash detection is an important part of every construction process, and here the BIM toolset provides great help. It automates clash detection to prevent collisions and mishaps, such as electrical conduit showing up in the wrong place or ductwork running into beams. By discovering all of these things in advance instead of on-site, substantial resources can be saved in terms of time and money. The model also makes sure that elements and products that are manufactured off-site fit perfectly, so that they can be easily bolted into place.

Knowledge is easily transferred

With all stakeholders referring to and using the same model, significant time is saved and the transfer of knowledge within teams and between different parties is streamlined. Automation and customisation features can also help in reducing the time spent communicating and adding new information. For manufacturers, providing BIM objects via bimobject.com is a reliable and sustainable way to transfer information about everything from measurements and energy value, to maintenance instructions and different options for things like colour and surface material.

The BIM model is available from anywhere, at any time

Using cloud based web services means you can have access to your model and data from wherever you are. If you are an architect, you can download manufacturer-specific objects at any time from anywhere, and if you are a manufacturer you can update the information of your products wherever and whenever.

Manufacturers and designers work more closely together

The BIM process has dramatically altered the way manufacturers and specifiers interact and cooperate. Offering high-quality BIM objects that are easy to access and download enables manufacturers to integrate their products into the design process at an earlier stage, and become a valued resource of knowledge that is invited to participate in and contribute to decisions about the design. From a manufacturer point of view, this means new business opportunities as well as a new sales process. From the specifier's point of view, it means design decisions can be better informed and made earlier and faster in the design process, based on real, actual information provided by the manufacturers.