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BIM software in 2020 with a revolutionary change ahead

BIM. Building Information Modeling Technology concept on virtual screen. Business Industry, Architecture and Construction concept. Robotic hand touching digital interface. Vector illustration

Building information modelling is the turning point on the route of digitizing the construction industry. It’s one of the most promising advancements in the AE&C (architecture, construction and engineering industry). It’s a tool to create more transparency and benchmarking in the sector. According to BIM national report 2019, 69% of the industry in the UK have adopted BIM in their projects, while more than 96% of the industry is willing to use BIM in the upcoming five years. From the industry share who have already used and implemented BIM, 48% said that BIM had increased their profitability and workflow. This statistical number reflects how BIM is revolutionizing the architecture and construction industry performance. BIM is currently an essential tool and no longer a leisure addition.

BIM software in 2020 with a revolutionary change ahead

12 Factors that are blocking the BIM road of success

Nevertheless, for every booming and changing feature in the market, there will always be barriers. So, what are the main factors that are blocking the road of BIM implementation?  According to the National BIM report 2019, here was the industry members answers:

  1. No client demands.
  2. Lack of in-house expertise.
  3. Lack of training.
  4. Cost.
  5. The projects we work on are too small.
  6. BIM is not relevant to the projects we work on.
  7. No established contractual framework for working with BIM.
  8. Lack of standardized tools and protocols.
  9. Lack of collaboration.
  10. Differences in expertise among collaborating parties in a project.
  11. Operating System specific software.
  12. Don’t see the benefit.

BIM adoption in UK building-construction technology market has been mandatory since May 2011 and it has been upgraded 3 times again in 2016,2017,2019 respectively to implement higher level of BIM. If it is not a choice anymore, then you must know how the get the maximum benefits from building information modelling service.

Building information modelling services

If you are part of the construction industry, have you ever thought about how BIM integration could improve your construction work? BIM implementation ties multiple branches passing by every aspect of the project and acts as your project coordinator. Usually, the project starts with the architecture phase when the design is created. In this phase, BIM helps in making better design decisions and gives you an insight into the project lifecycle by using Revit. The step that follows is the civil and structural design and here BIM managed to connect the workflow and improved predictability through using civil 3D. Coming after is the MEP (mechanical, electrical plumping) and plant design phase where quality has been enhanced more efficient collaboration is guaranteed by using AutoCAD Plant 3D  and Revit. Last but not least is the construction phase when you can start digitizing the whole construction site and merge between all the previous stages to ensure the most accurate as-built ratio with using software as BIM 360 and PlanRadar.

Though, if you were working on different software in different stages, how coordination happens? The secret password for this question is the IFC (industry foundation classes) file format that is an open standard data model where all this information can merge in one place. This file format is developed and managed by the international organisation buildingsmart. Moreover, it is the primary data exchange format used in BIM projects in the construction industry.

As this file format is becoming the only way to work, develop and integrate between different users. The need to have them on the go became higher. If a project manager wants to check a special defect request or note placed on the model, he has to do it on the spot and not to wait till he reaches the office to open Revit or any other BIM app. From this point, a lot of apps have been developed to facilitate this tool and enhance engineers BIM user experience.

·       IFC viewer iPad

A mobile application that allows you to view and navigate in IFC files through your iPad. It is mostly different from the android and iOS apps as it can support other features than browsing and checking. Some apps allow you to put pins and to document tickets.

Example: Dalux BIM Viewer – Tekla Field3D

·       IFC viewer android

Android mobile apps that are supporting IFC formats are newly added to the market to provide a more flexible working pattern. It is mostly easy to use on the go and allow architects and constructors to check their model through their smartphones faster and immediately.

Example: BIMx

·       IFC viewer iOS

IOS supporting apps that enable construction members to preview IFC models from their iPhones. Some of these apps go further than the preview and ticketing feature and allow users to edit and save their models. However, this will require high RAM iPhones.

Example: BIManywhere

With the beginning of 2020, by using PlanRadar, you can have a lot that can be done through the web app on BIM models. You’ll have GPS and navigator to locate pins and tickets inside the 3D BIM model. Record various information about the construction project and can be visualised in 3D models of objects. You can assign these tickets to the responsible party and check for its completion afterwards. And view 2D digital plans to provide maximum visibility. In this scenario, no defects can be missed, and higher accuracy values can be achieved. So, don’t miss the chance and be part of the change now.