Typical benefits of the BIM process include:
- Early analysis of various design options to see the best value and maintaining the most sustainable solution.
- Cost effective designs produced using the latest modelling techniques and tools.
- Reduced risk, as the design solutions are actually virtual model, allowing all project team members to co-ordinate and arrive at the appropriate overall solution.
- Project delivery timeline is reduced as the models are used to review the most appropriate construction methods and logistics as well as looking at complex issues and clash detection avoidance.
- Constructional and operational safety risks are reduced by the use of the model to analyze the most suitable solution, including the ability to assess people’s movement and time taken to evacuate.
- Waste during the construction phase is reduced as the quantities can be more accurately taken direct from the model, and the programming capability allows for deliveries timed to minimize damage whilst stored on site.
- Lifecycle asset management with real data attached to the model. This includes the operation and maintenance activities required, parts and methods of shut down, disassembly and restart as required.
- Design data can be compared to operational data with subsequent corrections or improvements to keep the operational costs as low as possible.