The construction field is always on the lookout for new and innovative ways to incorporate technology in its processes—all to ensure better, faster, and more budget-efficient results. Building Information Modeling is one of the newest and most exciting developments in construction technology that is gaining wide appreciation and acceptance among developers, engineers, designers, and project managers. BIM enables virtual simulations for the purpose of design, planning, and actual construction. Its 3D graphics and time and cost models are fast replacing 2D planning tools in modern designers’ tool kits.
Building Information Modeling has all the elements of the traditional construction logistics and planning process contained in a neat digital package that turns everything virtual. In construction settings, BIM allows for the creation of intelligent 3D models that depict the reality of a particular project and help drive project decisions. The BIM process starts from the moment the site survey is initiated, where 3D laser scanning devices are used to capture data which is later gathered together in a point cloud, in which the 3D image modeling process begins. A 3D simulator creates a realistic virtual presentation of the building, including the surrounding terrain.
There are numerous benefits to Building Information Modeling, ranging from facilitating information flow across multiple project areas and channels to better project collaboration between project handlers, including onsite and offsite engineers, managers, architects, and subcontractors. Other advantages to 3D BIM Modelling services in construction contexts include:
- Less project disruption and fewer unplanned changes
- Reduced costs
- Higher productivity
- Increased ROI; and
- Faster project completion and better customer satisfaction
Integrated with more advanced image capturing technologies like drone cameras, the sky is the limit for BIM simulations. There have already been many instances when UAVs were used to capture survey points across high altitudes or rough terrains.