Advantages of BIM in planning and execution of construction projects
Extensive construction projects often pose major challenges. The planning is often incomplete or contains errors, subsequent changes cause additional work. A modern solution is Building Information Modeling (BIM) – a method for the networked planning and construction of buildings with the help of software. A virtual model of the building is created and all building data is digitally modeled, combined and recorded.
The advantages of BIM
BIM software encompasses all parts of the design of a construction project, as well as the entire lifecycle of the finished building. Real-time updates on delays, remaining budget and the construction completion date provide an overview of the current status of the construction site at any time. Companies can thus plan the time, resources and materials required in detail in advance and reduce unnecessary additional work and costs.
In addition, cooperation between architects, engineers and project partners is easier than ever before. Access to the virtual representation of the project is possible from anywhere with the help of a BIM solution and changes made by the individual parties are visible to all involved. This facilitated communication and collaboration. In addition, a dedicated BIM manager is used as a coordinator and can thus react to any errors.
Digital twin supports even after completion
Thanks to the BIM model, a digital twin is created for the operation of the building. This is a 1:1 data model of the building that can be used to simulate all operating and maintenance processes. This helps to optimize the processes in ongoing operations – for example, to determine the time required or the team sizes. In Germany, new infrastructure construction projects even have to use BIM software by law since 2021, as it also facilitates access to relevant data.
Data centers and BIM: An important collaboration
Data centers and server rooms particularly benefit from the BIM approach. A variety of factors as well as dependencies and interactions of their critical infrastructure can be taken into account. These include location, environmental conditions, uninterruptible power supply, cooling and ventilation systems, and fire protection.
For more information and to read the full expert article (German) by Nazanin Habibi, Project Engineer at NDC-GARBE, click HERE.