top of page

BESPOKE TALK Series: Barriers to and strategies for using BIM in the AEC sector

Updated: 4 days ago

As the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry continues to evolve, the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) has become increasingly popular. BIM is a process of creating a digital representation of a building or infrastructure project that can be used to plan, design, construct, and manage the building throughout its lifecycle. BIM software allows architects, engineers, and contractors to collaborate and communicate more effectively, increasing efficiency, reducing errors, and ultimately delivering better-quality buildings.


The use of BIM in the AEC industry has been steadily growing in recent years, as more and more professionals recognize the benefits it can bring. BIM enables users to create a virtual model of a building that can be used for cost estimating, scheduling, and construction coordination, and allows for the simulation of various scenarios and the analysis of energy efficiency, structural integrity, and other important building performance factors.


In this article, we will explore the benefits of BIM and how it is being used in the AEC industry to improve collaboration, reduce errors and rework, and ultimately deliver better-quality buildings. We will also take a look at BIM challenges and its solution, as well as some examples of how BIM is being used in real-world projects and the future of BIM in the AEC industry.

 

The AEC industry is seeing a growing adoption of BIM, with more and more professionals recognizing the benefits it can bring to projects of all types and sizes. BIM is now widely used in building and infrastructure projects of all types and sizes, from small renovations to large-scale developments.


Application and benefits of using BIM:

  1. Improved collaboration: BIM software allows architects, engineers, and contractors to collaborate and communicate more effectively, using a single digital model to plan, design, and construct a building. This eliminates the need for multiple drawings and documents, reducing the potential for errors and misunderstandings.

  2. Reduced errors and rework: BIM software allows users to identify potential issues and conflicts before they occur in the construction process, reducing the need for rework and ultimately saving time and money.

  3. Better-quality buildings: BIM software allows users to analyze and simulate various building performance factors, such as energy efficiency and structural integrity, which can lead to the creation of higher-quality buildings that perform better and are more sustainable.

  4. Cost estimating and scheduling: BIM software allows users to create a virtual model of a building that can be used for cost estimating and scheduling, allowing them to better manage the budget and timeline of a project.

  5. Facility management: BIM can also be used for facility management, it can improve the maintenance and operation of a building, and also support decision-making for future renovations or expansions.

  6. Sustainability: With BIM's ability to simulate and analyze building performance, it's easy to evaluate the building's environmental impact, energy consumption, and other sustainability-related factors.

Since we all know that BIM is a powerful digital technology that can bring many benefits to the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry, but it also comes with a number of challenges. Here are a few of the main challenges of BIM and potential solutions:

  1. Lack of standardization: BIM is still a relatively new technology, and there is a lack of standardization in terms of software, data, and workflows. This can make it difficult for different stakeholders to collaborate and communicate effectively. Solutions: Include the adoption of industry standards, such as the National BIM Standard-United States (NBIMS-US) and efforts to establish a common data environment.

  2. Training and education: BIM requires a certain level of skill and knowledge to use effectively, and many professionals in the AEC industry may not have the necessary training and education. Solutions: Include offering BIM training and education programs and certifications, and encouraging collaboration between experienced BIM users and those who are new to the technology.

  3. Data management: BIM models can generate a large amount of data, and proper data management is crucial to ensure accuracy and consistency. Solutions: Include the use of common data environments, data management protocols, and BIM management software.

  4. Integration with other systems: BIM models need to be integrated with other systems, such as estimating, scheduling, and cost management systems. Solutions: Include using BIM integration software and developing a well-defined workflow to ensure smooth integration.

  5. Resistance to change: Some stakeholders may be resistant to the adoption of BIM, due to lack of understanding or fear of change. Solutions: Include providing education and training on the benefits of BIM, and involving stakeholders in the BIM process to build buy-in and understanding.

  6. Security: As BIM models contain sensitive information, security is a major concern. Solutions: include implementing robust data security protocols, such as data encryption and access controls, to protect the model data from unauthorized access.

 

How BIM is being used in different types of projects:

  • Construction: BIM is being used to improve the planning, design, and construction of buildings, from small renovations to large-scale developments. For example, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest building in the world, was designed and constructed using BIM.

  • Infrastructure: BIM is also being used in infrastructure projects, such as bridges, roads, and tunnels. For example, the High Speed 2 (HS2) railway project in the UK is using BIM to plan and design the railway, including the stations and track layout.

  • Facility management: BIM can also be used for facility management, it can improve the maintenance and operation of a building, and also support decision-making for future renovations or expansions.

  • Renovation: BIM is also being used in the renovation and retrofitting of existing buildings, allowing architects, engineers, and contractors to identify potential issues and conflicts before they occur in the construction process, reducing the need for rework and ultimately saving time and money.

  • Healthcare: BIM is being used in the design and construction of healthcare facilities, allowing for the simulation of various scenarios and the analysis of energy efficiency, structural integrity, and other important building performance factors.


The future of BIM in the AEC industry looks promising. BIM will continue to play a crucial role in the design, construction, and operation of buildings, infrastructure and other built environment. The use of BIM will continue to evolve, with the increasing integration of technology, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, which will allow for more advanced simulations and analysis, and the ability to make more informed decisions. Also, the integration of BIM with other technologies, such as virtual and augmented reality, will make the design and construction process more immersive and interactive.



In conclusion, BIM is a powerful digital technology that is being used in a wide range of real-world projects across the AEC industry, and the future of BIM looks promising with the increasing integration of technology and other digital tools, making the design, construction, and operation of buildings more efficient, sustainable and cost-effective.


 

Ar. Neil John Bersabe

Lead Architect


John Michael Jalandra

Content Writer

 

BERSABARC Design Studio 2023


4 views0 comments
bottom of page