Building Information Modeling Becoming a Growing Trend in Construction

Building Information Modeling Becoming a Growing Trend in Construction

Computer-aided design was brought into the world in mid 1950s with a very simple graphic system; through further development in the 1980s, computer-aided design programs reduced the need for draftsmen significantly. Through the span of 30 years, a newly developed concept revolutionized the entire manufacturing process. 30 years later, CAD software allows the user to model anything from the carbon footprint of a design to how the model interacts with the wind. These new features are known as “building information modeling” and have been a growing trend in the construction industry.

While these new features of CAD can be applied to several industries, BIM has been the talk of the construction industry for a number of years. Construction Industry Programme Manager at AutoDesk, Dominic Thasarathar, says, "the construction industry has historically been pretty poor on productivity, BIM offers greater efficiency in deploying men, machines and materials.” By utilizing BIM, architectural and construction firms can work out how to schedule a project and allow them to get a better insight into the cash flow over the lifecycle of the project. Construction projects usually include a large number of organizations; BIM provides a solution to improve collaboration.

In addition to providing a more efficient and financially feasible solution to construction, BIM software also allows architects to develop solutions to architectural challenges. This reduces the risks of architectural catastrophes due to natural disasters.

An example of the use of BIM is the Park House Development, a €100 million construction project in a retail, office space and residential site in London. The use of CAD and BIM allowed the project developers to maximize the amount of space they can operate on without affecting the surrounding environment by giving the building a subtle but complex curved form.

The use of BIM in the construction industry skyrocketed in the recent years; only 13% of architects and structural engineers were using BIM in 2010 and now the figure has shot up to 39% in 2012. Adoption into using BIM is expected to grow due to the numerous benefits of using BIM software. By using building information modeling, we can expect to see new and unusual building designs; especially in compact cities such as Toronto.




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