McGraw Hill Construction, Smart Market Report: The Business Value of BIM to Owners

Owners are the greatest beneficiaries of BIM. In fact, the top BIM benefits consistently identified by design and construction firms in McGraw Hill Construction’s past BIM research actually generate even greater positives for their owners. Research with BIM owners in the US and the UK yields several key trends: Nearly half (38% in UK and 40% in US) of current BIM owners plan to use BIM on more than three quarters of their work within two years.  BIM visualization to enable better understanding of design Fewer problems during construction from deficient documents or coordination More well-reasoned design due to BIM analysis and simulation Beneficial impact on the project schedule The impending implementation of the UK BIM mandate is driving a […]

The Benefits of Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Building Information Modeling (BIM) allows for the ability to exchange and coordinate a high level of information to aid in the design, construction, and post-construction of a building.  The A/E industry has seen a major shift from conventional 2D deliverables of construction plans and specifications to additional requirements, which include provisions for delivery of 3D BIM models. Autodesk® Revit® MEP is a BIM software that has a lot to offer.  Sections, fixture counts, and pipe schedules can easily be generated within the building model for detailing or sizing equipment and determining pipe losses.  The best way to become familiar with the program is to begin using it on a regular basis.  The out of the box content is not usually […]

Building Better with BIM

It’s been a long road for Building Information Modeling (BIM) to reach its current state. But, if supporters, surveys, and reports are accurate, BIM is now moving to widespread adoption, even as it continues to evolve. Interestingly, it turns out that contractors are adopting BIM faster than architects! On one project, the Collaborative Life Sciences Building in Portland, Oregon, a joint project of Oregon State University and Portland State University, BIM is credited with saving $10 million on a $295 million budget. The project had complex geometric designs and using 3D models helped to communicate the way things fit together for the subcontractors. But, it was the three-dimensional, all-digital documentation process used by the 28 different design teams that received […]

Building Information Modeling for the Win: Top 10 Benefits of BIM

  The move from 2D drawings to 3D models is well underway and gaining steam in the architectural, engineering, and construction industry, thanks to tangible bottom-line returns from streamlined workflows. The model-based approach increases efficiency within individual organizations and truly shines during coordinated project delivery. Building information modeling can drive time and budget savings for building and infrastructure projects. Here are the top 10 benefits of building information modeling (BIM) 1. Capture Reality. The wealth of information that’s easily accessible about project sites has expanded greatly with better mapping tools and images of Earth. Today, project starts include aerial imagery and digital elevation, along with laser scans of existing infrastructure, accurately capturing reality and greatly streamlining project preparations. With BIM, […]

BIM, Data, and Cyber-Security

From BIM to BASM BIM (Building information modeling) is gradually becoming more and more common in several of the developed construction markets around the world. For many businesses, BIM use remains quite basic, expediting the production of design deliverables that are still shared as 2D deliverables: drawings, window or door schedules, for example. But as they begin to share and to combine or ‘federate’ data-rich 3D, 4D (time), and 5D (cost) models, project teams will need to heighten their cyber-security regimes. What security measures will we need in the future? We can guess. A shared 3D model may expose intellectual property to competitors. A fly-through visualization of a new building could share sensitive information about the building’s design–key structural components, […]

Why BIM?

The users list many benefits of BIM. Companies that utilize BIM, like Skanska and Barton Malow, have reported benefits for scheduling, estimation and risk analysis, more collaborative processes and better facility management. BIM also brings the opportunity to try out solutions in advance before building the structure on site: with a constructable model, the structure can be prototyped virtually. Project parties can understand and review the design more easily, which helps guarantee its accuracy and completeness, and visualize and evaluate alternatives in terms of cost and other project parameters. BIM has gathered compliments for improved communication between project parties and generally better quality.   Read More

What is BIM?

“With BIM (Building Information Modeling) technology, one or more accurate virtual models of a building are constructed digitally. They support design through its phases, allowing better analysis and control than manual processes. When completed, these computer-generated models contain precise geometry and data needed to support the construction, fabrication, and procurement activities through which the building is realized.” This definition of Building Information Modeling in the Handbook of BIM (Eastman, Teicholz, Sacks & Liston 2011) encompasses a lot starting from a technology to embracing the whole construction process. Collaboration and information management At Tekla, we think that the I like Information in BIM is an extremely significant letter. In the US, the National Building Information Model Standard (NBIMS-US™) Project Committee sees […]

Airflow is BIM Ready

Leading ventilation solutions manufacturer, Airflow Developments Ltd, is now BIM Level 2 ready. BIM (Building Information Modelling) was a natural progression for the company to further improve collaboration with installers, given the Government’s aim for all centrally procured construction projects to be delivered using BIM by 2016. BIM offers the opportunity to reduce costs and improve delivery of projects by allowing a virtual model to be created before real installation begins. Airflow is able to supply the actual components in a format that can be placed in the virtual building, meeting with BIM level compliance, which is a requirement of the Government’s BIM Strategy Paper. – See more at:       

Cut Waste, Cut Costs


Proponents of Building Information Modelling (BIM) see reduction of waste as being among the key benefits from using BIM systems. Waste reduction, they say, can occur throughout the life cycle of a building-from initial design conception to de-commissioning and demolition. BIM can cut waste significantly in the design and construction phases and thus lower the biggest single hurdle for many construction projects: capital cost. Design typically accounts for around 10 per cent and construction for around 90 per cent of the capital cost of a project. “So even a two to three per cent improvement in productivity on the construction side is very significant in real dollars,” points out Klaas Rodenberg, chief executive officer of the new Alberta Centre of […]