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Arguments for BIM

BIM has come to stay. To what extent do you welcome the idea?
In this video industry experts present views on the benefits of BIM with reference to act
SIMON: I use BIM because I can see that it can make people’s jobs easier, it can make people more efficient and it can save a lot of time and money.
HADEEL: One of the best aspects of BIM is visualisation.
NADA: For me, I don’t really question why I should use BIM because it’s just I just accepted it.
SIMON: We don’t need as many staff when working on a project that uses BIM. That has a positive impact on our savings. There are also efficiencies that can be gathered by performing exercises such as clash detection, various types of analysis. So our estimators are beginning to use BIM because it’s more accurate and it’s faster. And also we are looking into whether we can check building appliance so we can compare a model against building regulations and see if it fits.
HADEEL: I think the best thing about BIM is having the ability to visualise the building at very early stages of the design. Also visualise the potential clashes that might happen between the architectural layout, the structural layout, and also the MEP and the building services layout. So it’s a great, great tool to visualise and understand any clashes that might happen between the various systems and components that make up a building. It’s also a great tool to report data, to collect data to understand our components of buildings.
NADA: Data are the best thing that can happen with BIM because if we have a model of our building, after we complete the design and after we complete the construction, that can be quite helpful for the owner because he will have information about all the equipment, lighting elements, plants and so on. So with a single click they can get information about their equipment, which is really helpful. And also that model can be updated so that even in 20 years they can still have the data about about the project.

In this section, you will hear arguments for and against BIM adoption. After watching the videos and discussing your views you will be asked to vote in a poll indicating your views on mandatory BIM adoption.

In this video Simon Graham and Nada Milivojevic are joined by Hadeel Saadon, a BIM Manager for Coventry University Estates and Facility Management.

To summarise, some reasons for BIM adoption are:

  • Enabling construction workers to utilise the available data to coordinate their work.

  • Improving coordination in the building sector and therefore reducing delays, costs and extended construction periods.

  • Helping construction professionals share the information of a project effectively.

Your task

Are you convinced by these arguments for BIM adoption?
What other arguments can you think of in support of BIM?
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