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What is BIM? Why is it needed?

Construction Tech is undeniably an exponentially increasing market in the Construction Territory.
Digitalization is the future of construction. Technologies like 5D BIM, AI, AR / VR, HD Surveying and Geolocation have made an authoritative impact on the way the construction industry operates. The idea of Technology meets Construction basically becomes a one stop solution for all the existing voids in the construction space.
The integration of technology makes the entire process easier and also well rounded.
The process of building an asset would be much more effective when done efficiently.

Why is Tech in Construction important?

It is a no-brainer fact that digitalized technology and software rollouts are occurring practically in every industry. Construction Industry in the similar context is actively adapting the culture of blending technology into daily work practices to boost productivity and to be relevant in the market and in the current era.
A report by McKinsey a few years ago, suggested that the construction sector was lacking productivity in comparison to the others when it came to quantifying the global labor productivity rate which is quite un-noticed.

The study by McKinsey showed that during the last 20 years, the sector has grown at a rate of about 1% per year compared to 2.8 percent for the overall economy.

According to "The Times of India", Other major issues to shed light on are lack of on-site visibility and being redundant.
To counter these problems and simplify them, we could integrate technology and be streamlined during the process of building a project.
Technology improves the process of construction, and itโ€™s escalation in the efficiency can be measured considering 3 parameters.

Parameters Measuring Efficiency:

There are three parameters to be considered when evaluating the efficiency of building an asset. They can be termed as follows:
  • Cost
  • Quality
  • Time

  • Each factor has a distinct relation with the quantitative efficiency of the project.
    The end project can be termed as โ€œefficientโ€ when :
    ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป Cost - When the project is designed and built with minimal or within the targeted budget
    ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป Quality - Uncompromised and extremely high quality
    ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป Time - When the project is designed and built in the pre-fixed timeline.

    Building Information Modeling (BIM) popularly known as BIM ticks all the above mentioned checkboxes.

    What is BIM ?

    Building Information Modeling famously known as BIM has already revolutionized the Construction Industry. BIM presents Architecture, Engineering and Construction ( AEC ) into Digitalization. It cohesively clusters multi-factored data to generate a digitalized representation for the built asset.

    Here are a few definitions we thought you might find useful ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป

    According to Autodesk, Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the foundation of digital transformation in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry.

    According to, BIM is a process for creating and managing information on a construction project across the project lifecycle.

    According to Wikepedia, BIM is a process supported by various tools, technologies and contracts involving the generation and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of places.

    What does BIM do?

  • BIM enables us to acquire digital descriptions of every aspect of the build asset
  • BIM is already proven to be a game changer in the construction industry. It stands out and is reliable because of its niche to project development in a highly collaborative environment
  • BIM makes resource management furthermore accessible, improves collaboration and majorly reduces redundancy which is a constant problem in the construction industry
  • BIM revolves around reducing the redundancy that exists in the conventional construction process and aims at eliminating it and in turn increasing the efficiency
  • BIM helps minimize the huge chunks of waste generated during the construction process in the context of time and material

  • What are the Stages of BIM?

    BIM is extremely structured and unlike other conventional construction methodologies.
    There are four broad stages of BIM Implementation
    1. Evaluation and assessment
    2. Project Pre-Planning
    3. Design and Construction
    4. Operations and Maintenance ( Post Project )

    With a structured process and pre-planned agenda, BIM enables the entire construction to be extremely efficient in all the parameters.

    BIM has a well structured process that enables design and construction teams to increase their productivity and be time efficient.
    It allows them to have a note of the data that is created during the process, analyze them and to better their operations and maintenance activities.
    It allows us to handle and overcome issues like over costs, redundancy, QC Issues and project delays and makes the entire process much easier.
    The most recent version of BIM is known as the 5D BIM, it enables the construction team to have shorter project cycles, increase in productivity and a better project scope understanding.

    BIM vs Conventional Construction Methods

    BIM offers a commendable level of reliability and efficiency that it never goes unnoticed. A few advantages of BIM over conventional construction methods can be listed as follows:
  • Increased control over the project
  • Reduces tedious work of information production and redundancy
  • Automates construction production management
  • Higher build quality
  • Increases cost efficiency by decreasing planning issues
  • Easier to overview and maintain
  • Increased collaboration across build teams through all phases of the project
  • Reduces time delays

  • Companies Using BIM for Projects

    The rate of BIM uptake in the construction and industrial sectors has accelerated over recent years.

    Statistica states that construction professionals using the tool have risen from 13% in 2011 to 73% in 2020.

    Leading names that have embraced the technology include the Dubai-based architectural firm Killa Design, which has been a pioneer behind some of Dubaiโ€™s most iconic buildings, such as the Museum of the Future.

    Some of the top BIM software solutions available in 2022 include Autodesk BIM 360, Revit, Navisworks, Tekla BIMsight, BIMobject, and BIMx.

    According to "Lets Build", few of the biggest construction companies across the world using BIM are listed below:
  • Hochtief Aktiengesellschaft
  • China Communications Construction Group
  • Bechtel Corporation
  • Bouygues

  • These giants have been using BIM and clearly have an edge above all their significant competitors in the market.
    So, it can be said that investing in BIM ultimately results in acquiring better results.

    Looking for a BIM Consultancy?

    Arth Design Build aims to solve key problems in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry.
    At Arth, our experts deliver tailored BIM based technical and engineering solutions to the clients to enhance the quality of the build project and handle the issues of time, cost and quality.