As the capacity for the use of technology increases, new software is designed to improve the way that tasks are performed. In the realm of the construction industry, BIM (building information modelling) is becoming increasingly popular due to its obvious benefits in increasing the efficiency of project management. BIM allows for a structured way to map out projects and is said to be the new best thing in construction.
Building Information Modelling is a form of software which, put simply, allows users to not only design a 3D model of their project but also integrate the data associated with the project in to the system. BIM merges two of the most important elements of construction as it allows users to manage all of the information available to them at once. It provides the user with a display of interrelated information which can save both time and stress.
BIM provides users with tools which increase efficiency, design and makes managing buildings or infrastructure a much less difficult task. There is a common misconception that Building Information Modelling only displays 3D modelling of a project although this is far from true as BIM is not specific to geometry, it also includes programs that manage “spacial relationships, light analysis, geographic information and quantities and properties of building components.” Eastman, 2009
One of the great things about BIM is that it connects AEC professionals. Each individual uses BIM for a different reason so Building Information Modelling merges all of the work done by each person in to one project. This means that each individual can see how their area of expertise fits in to the project as a whole. This also means for much better teamwork as communication is instantly made much more efficient.
BIM is very useful for the project management of electrical services. There are two main components that are focused on when working on electrical projects, the first being the overall electrical performance and the second being things such as physical data. Both of these components are able to be easily managed by BIM. BIM can prevent many faults within electrical projects which could result dangerously before the project has even commenced. Power systems are incredibly complex which is why Building Information Modelling is so helpful within the industry.
Building Information Modelling is a very important tool in the construction industry as it integrates both 3D modelling and the data associated with the model in to the software. This means for easy and efficient access to data for users. BIM also has many tools which aid in the management and construction of projects, it also connects project teams, allowing them to all do seperate work whilst being able to see how their area fits in to the project as a whole. Building Information Modelling is also incredibly important within the electrical services industry. BIM is incredible software and is a must when it comes to construction management.