Convenience as a real value and a widespread means for the BIM (Building Information Modeling) technology
The BIM system represents a real revolution in the building industry. Any change to this way of working would lead to a certain degree of risk and responsibility. What could therefore convince any stakeholder of this sector to adopt changes? “Convenience” seems to be right answer to this matter.
We have already presented the case to professionals and companies (How to adopt BIM in a professional studio or organization).
Let’s go through the case considering our clients’ point of view.
Public and private clients as starting point of the production chain embodies, as a matter of facts, the real engine of the process.
The deep crisis lately faced and the feeling of a transitional phase is leading to experiment new methods and production processes.
BIM is, despite this negative tendency, an interesting solution to meet the clients’ expectations offering the best advantages once adopted.
The efficient aspects of this way of working are possible and can be noted already at the planning and project configuration stages. Establishing a spatial analysis, typical of this phase, through the calculation of the volume of the building to be implemented (see figure 1) or its placement in an urban environment (see figures 2 and 3) it is an operation that can be easily carried on in the BIM context.
Similarly an analysis of the functional distribution of the environments/areas can instantly be run through the chromatic definition derived from the typing of the project elements (see figure 4).
It is possible to “explore” the rooms being planned already during the theoretical stage by using the functions typical of the virtual reality. This way allowing an immediate response for the possible adjustments to be made and a simple but efficient interpretation of the project for the final users (which aren’t technicians) as well. (See figure 5, figure 6 and 7).
The options to run energy performance, structural, acoustic and lighting simulations indentifies and outlines a typical aspect of the BIM technology that allows the client to achieve the best results for the property considering the amount of resources employed and leading to a better performance on the market.
It is clear that the opportunity for a shortened payback time in relation to the investments, especially in the case of limited budget, due to unforseen events, represents the most convenient aspects for any type of client.
The above targets can easily be reached in a BIM design context thanks to its specific features: information which are handy, updated and not repetitive nor contraddictory, available at any time together with the already mentioned simulation functions in the virtual spaces, corrections and check modes, so to drastically reduce vagueness and hidden mistakes that would usually generate delays and inefficiencies.
The positive aspects generated by this model that result in a cost reduction for the clients are for this reason multiple. For instance, the option to make several projects with all its cost ranges in real time or the revision of the work following new requirements and needs. These options provide the advantage of the product when introduced on the market.
Consequently the planning advantages offered by BIM are not only from a technical perspective but also from a finance point of view.
Once obtained better profits on the investments during the BIM planning stage, the investors themselves will be a source of motivation for its implementation.