Improve Building Information Modeling ROI With Research, Training, Standardization, and Automation
Building information modeling (BIM) is a 3-D model-based process that is intelligent and gives architecture, engineering and construction firms the tools and insight to efficiently design, plan and manage both buildings and infrastructure. BIM allows AEC professionals to make better decisions about building design, and performance. It also allows teams to collaborate more efficiently throughout the lifecycle of a project.
By using intelligent, connected workflows, BIM helps firms to improve predictability, productivity, and profitability. Digitizing workflows connects project information from design through the construction process to the handover. Every aspect of the project including mechanical, electrical and plumbing design can be created more efficiently throughout the project lifecycle.
Reaping the Benefits of Building Information Modeling
Architectural firms that are considering making a move (or have already made it) to building information modeling technology should consider how they can expand on this technology to improve upon their significant investment. Here are four simple ways how you can get the most out of a BIM package.
Before You Buy: Do Your Research
Not all packages are alike; Some cater to different segments in the market, for example, packages like Revit and Archicad are designed for medium to large firms, even though small firms can effectively work with these programs.
Vectorworks is a program targeted to smaller firms, as well as landscape architecture firms. If you are a landscape architect, then you should consider Vectorworks Landmark. It is designed specifically for landscape architecture.
After you Buy: Get Proper Training
While this should be a given, many architects are self-teaching types so it should be addressed. At the very least, take a video training course on the program you're using, and have useful reference materials available for times when specific issues come up. BIM software has deep functionality, so you need at least some training to maximize its use.
Like any CAD system, you'll need a proper system for storing BIM models. They are more complicated than traditional 2D CAD models. That's why it's important to seek professional advice from the experts on the best system and methods for storing BIM data.
Automate The Process
As you begin to use the software, look for ways to automate the process. Automation can save you time, money, and will reduce errors on your projects. Nearly every program has ways to create macros for creating scripts to automate repetitive tasks.
Give Your Project Reality-Based Context
Finally, one added benefits of transitioning to BIM is that if you already have a 3D model to use for rendering, you can print it out in perspective. You can then draw over it or use the renderers that are included with the programs. If you're looking for more photorealistic renderings, seek the help of an architectural visualization artist. They will have the skill to make your building look real before construction even begins.
Here at Village Features, we're experts at creating photorealistic virtual tours on your build in its environmental context. We call them 3D Virtual Tours. They use a combination of high-resolution photography, CGI, and web-based virtual reality tour technology. Using our technology we can provide you with an often overlooked aspect of building design: context.
If you'd like to learn more about Village Features 3D Virtual Tours, just give us a call. Let us show you how we can put your latest design into a context that will create a physical and emotional reaction with your clients.