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BIM and the Australian Construction Sector

May 5, 2017 0 Comments

BIM offers a way for architecture, engineering, and building companies to streamline the construction process in a digital manner. For example, clash detection and creating an as-built model become more effective when they are done through BIM. Over the last few years, Building Information Modeling (BIM) has been seeing greater interest in the Australian Construction Sector.

The upsides to using BIM has been recognised world-wide. For example, in the UK a report shown in the UK Cabinet Officer BIM Strategy Paper, the use of BIM in building infrastructure can deliver:

  • 20% reduction in build costs
  • 33% reduction in costs over the lifetime of the asset
  • 47% to 65% reduction in conflicts and re-work during construction
  • 44% to 59% increase in overall project quality
  • 35% to 43% reduction in risk, and improved predictability
  • 34% to 40% per cent better performing completed infrastructure, and
  • 32% to 38% improvement in review and approval cycles
BIM in Construction

Awareness of the Benefits of BIM is growing world-wide

As soon as building and construction begins, the progress must be recorded daily in order to keep track of the projects in real time. The data collected in the field is important for creating the as-built model. However, manual updates are deemed inefficient. This is the reason why using software such as the BIM model is preferable as it effective and time efficient.

According to Nicolas Arnold, vice president of product management and head of business development for software firm HoloBuilder, it’s possible to use a 360° camera to record and document the progress. The user can take a 360° photo and log the photo and location using a smartphone or tablet that has the BIM model app.

“If you take one 360° picture, with one picture you have captured the entire room. We assume that it takes 11 flat pictures, pictures that you take with an iphone, tablet, or a normal camera, to capture that room as well as you could with a 360° photo.” Mr Arnold said.

“People might say, ‘Hey, that’s a good picture but we’re missing this part. Nobody took that part. Where is this cable going? Where does this pipe come from? It’s not on the picture,'” he said. “If you have a 360° picture, most likely you have that information with much less effort. It’s much faster, more complete.”

Although the software offers huge potential, it is still not widely used in the construction industry… yet! But as competition in the industry grows and the need to reduce costs while maintaining quality and service increases, then BIM could just be the saviour some building companies need.

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