August 10, 2009
When Building Information Modeling (BIM), or 3-D design tools came into being, much of the emphasis of their application was placed on the Architectural design community, and with great reasoning. Building designs are now intelligent, loaded with detailed information on the materials associated with architectural, structural and system components within the facility. The ability to represent design in 3-dimensions is a tangible benefit of the application of BIM. However, new tools often require new processes and the design community is evaluating this change and the cost to implement new systems with its ability to maintain quality and achieve design schedules. Some firms have made the move to BIM while others are in transition adopting this technology.
For Holder Construction, the adoption of this technology is much quicker as our business is not dependent on a software system to represent designs. We can choose where to apply BIM in lieu of it being a necessity to produce designs and documentation. BIM has allowed us to analyze many aspects of a project and provide visual clarity to our Owner’s, which assists is decision making, scope and budget analysis and scheduling. BIM is applied on simple projects and the most complex constructibility issues. It assists with delivering a higher level of quality, coordination and collaboration.
BIM has the ability to bring design and construction teams closer during the critical early design and preconstruction phases of the project. In order to capture the advantages of team collaboration, some Owners are now specifying the use of BIM as a requirement during design and construction for their projects. Since there are a number of different software packages, it is more important to understand how Architects and Contractors use this technology to deliver their services, rather than specifying a particular system. Services should address items such as program validation, drawing details, coordinating schedules, building visualization, collision detection, scheduling, phasing, sequencing and scope clarification.
Holder Construction Company works with your project team to provide the parameters to consider when implementing BIM on your projects. With a BIM consultation, we can help you identify and establish the scope of work and deliverables for the life cycle of the project, from the beginning of design through the on-going operation of the facility.
For further information or assistance, please contact Holder through the Contact Us page.