The phrase “Information is Power” is one that is well known. Advertisments, marketers, and salespeople use this power to sell products and services and leverage deals in their favor. Those possesing this power have an informational advantage over those who do not.
This advantage holds true when it comes to your home as well. Construction projects are some of the most complex endeavors any of us will face. Often, even subcontractors will rely on “rules of thumb” to establish construction costs which leads to bloated quotes.
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the next generation of CAD. It holds the promise of improved communicaiton and understanding of complex designs allowing an inside look through information.
BIM is used to create the drawings and documents necessary to communicate the components of a design and does so using 3D elements. These elements can be assigned physical properties to predict and analyze how they will look and perform in the real world. These properties may include:
- material finish
- structural properties
- thermal performance
- cost and timing requirements
- and much more
Using these properties, it is possible to experience your project in a realistic fasion, predict its energy performance in your specific climate, estimate its cost and time to build and much more. Armed with this information, we can better justify and validate subcontractor quotes and manage the budget and schedule throughout the process and avoid drastic changes or “value engineering” that may compromise project goals in order to meet budget expectations.
While 3D renderings and animations are compelling, much of the real advantage lies in the data. It is also important to extend the reach of the data to contributing consultants. Ask the members of your design team if they are using thesese advanced tools to ensure that you are getting the Building Information Modeling advantage.