BIM is changing the way the construction industry works. New tools and workflows are introduced, and contractors, engineers and estimators are finding new ways to collaborate and realize better building projects. But BIM isn’t something that only concerns planning and engineering agencies: also manufacturers can benefit a great deal from BIM.
Let’s start with the definition of BIM. BIM can be described as a working method in which a 3D Building Information Model (BIM) integrates the collaboration of various disciplines in the construction industry. The standardization committee of the American National BIM Standard describes BIM as:
“Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. A BIM is a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle; defined as existing from earliest conception to demolition.”
So a BIM model as we know it today is a resource to be used throughout the construction process: from first design, during construction, during management and operation to the demolition of the building.
BIM is changing the way parties in the industry work together. Traditional roles in building projects are shifting, decisions making processes are changing and contractors are facing new requirements for their projects. Contractors rely on the quality of the supplied products by manufacturers to deliver high quality projects – not only in a physical way, but also in a digital way. Engineers need the correct information about product data to create accurate digital models that can be built efficiently.
This means that the role of the manufacturer has become of paramount importance in the BIM design workflow. All these changes offer new opportunities to manufacturers to sharpen their competitive edge.
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