Monday, 2 March 2015

3D, 4D, 5D and 6D BIM provide exceptional results for building construction!

Meeting up clients’ (building owners) requirements in terms of building design, construction drawings and delivery is becoming highly challenges as they always demand high quality and timely construction of the buildings with minimum cost possible. Now delivering a project within deadlines with reduced project cost is certainly not that easy as it sounds until AEC professionals make best use of cutting edge tools and technology that is available in the market. Planning, design and construction are integral steps of any building process which results into the effective management of construction activities throughout project lifecycle.

Now to carry out the whole process efficiently and productively Building Information Modeling must be brought into picture by AEC professionals which allow them to successfully address all the hassles and inconveniences that come across in the process. BIM both as a process and as a technology has come a long way since its initial stages wherein only 3D models were common among design and construction professionals for executing building projects. The assistance provided by 3D BIM models was only related to building design as they contained all inclusive information about design elements and their relationships. Nothing apart from design information could be extracted from these digital models which are developed entirely in Revit. But the industry experts felt that only design related information is not enough for developing cost-effective buildings which can be delivered to facility owners as per their demands (within deadlines) and such concerns brought into picture 4D, 5D and 6D BIM.

4D, 5D and 6D BIM are nothing but the new dimensions which are added little by little to 3D models.  A highly indispensable dimension which is added to 3D and which ultimately gives birth to 4D is ‘Time.’ When time is added to 3D it helps building professionals (architects, engineers, and general contractors etc.) to create highly productive and practical construction schedules which make the entire process efficient. 4D BIM makes it possible for AEC professionals to figure out or recognize time and schedule based clashes which can eventually lead to chaotic situations which are very unproductive for construction process.

Similarly, 5D and 6D BIM also provide huge advantages to building professionals when it comes to estimating the cost of the project and describing in details about the sustainability attributes of the building. 

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