When it comes to building design and construction, everyone fromCAD designers to project managers needs the right software to get the job done well. But, what are the issues most faced by those contributing to new building design, and how does BIM software solve it. In this guide, we take a look at what good BIM software should do for all involved in the process of building information modelling.
It should help with project delivery times
Getting rid of threats to your timescale is one thing that your BIM software should help solve. Slow redesigns, late material supply and quality problems should all be risks that are mitigated by using the right software. This is because the right software will be able to handle all of the major formats that files relating to the building come in – common examples include CAD, Revit, DGN, IFC and DXF/DWG. Easy importation to your BIM software ensures that the geometry and metadata are fluid and without delay. This will allow timely documentation, scheduling of materials, fluid analysis and clash detection to all be done quickly, minimising any deviation from the set schedule.
It should assist with structural analysis
If your BIM software offers 3D visualisation of the design, then users can then easily spot design flaws or issues before construction begins. Analysis of how the building will cope in different environments could also be completed, and how energy usage and air flow will likely be managed. Doing this type of analysis could help control the costs of the project but also achieve the quality of build desired without deviating from the required timelines. Not only can flaws be spotted in this manner, but also opportunities to improve the build before it takes place, allowing for a better build and a more satisfied end user.
It should help avoid amendments to the design partway through construction
When design flaws or problems are fixed at the design stage, this means financial resources aren’t stretched further than initially thought, not only in terms of material costs but also in terms of extra labour. Having the right BIM software that allows collaborative working from all stakeholders means that early problems can be identified, discussed, and relevant changes can be made to the design before the site is even set up.
It should keep everyone on the same page at every part of the project
The essential part of good BIM software is that it should offer real-time views of any changes made, ensuring that everyone is aware of those changes – from the architect to the materials supplier. Working collaboratively in this manner means that not only are any changes communicated promptly, but if the BIM software allows it, any changes are saved immediately, and each stakeholder receives the latest version of the build or design. This way of working can avoid one or two stakeholders working from old designs mistakenly, an issue that could have devastating effects on your budget, timescales and end result.
Choosing good BIM software can mean the difference between a project where all comes together seamlessly and on time and budget, delivering the required quality (or exceeding it) and leading to less stress for all concerned.