BIM Computer-Driven Modeling Reduces Errors & Improves Productivity

BIM is the process of designing a building collaboratively using one coherent system of computer-based models rather than separate sets of drawings. Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. BIM is a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle; defined as existing from earliest conception to demolition.

Benefits of BIM Virtual Design Construction

KE Foreman Tod Jackson using the Trimble Rapid Positioning System

BIM creates and manages all the information on your project. The digital description of every asset simplifies the planning and construction process and helps to manage future updates and maintenance. Today with 3D modeling we are able to incorporate spatial relationships of mechanical, electrical and plumbing elements, as well as other quantifiers like light analysis, quantities and properties of components, and even manufacturer’s details – into a single plan that assists with making more informed decisions.

Whereas two-dimensional plans may not be consistent among various floorplan attributes, BIM views are automatically consistent, being based on a single definition of each object instance. Therefore BIM allows you to extract information that is more accurate in its geometry. Also, objects are defined as parameters and relations to other objects, so that if a related object is amended, dependent ones will automatically also change.

Virtually any project small to large can benefit from BIM and prefabrication. Kenny Electric offers skilled CAD tradespeople with BIM, fabrication, and production planning experience. Kenny uses the most sophisticated technology on the market today including a total station positioning system. This unit contains two-dimensional imaging software that automates the measuring of distances and angles on the job site, finding positions faster with more accuracy than a tape measure.

BIM and Construction Management

Project teams share a small space. In the building process when timing, budget, and manpower are challenged BIM aids in staging project work by highlighting conflicts. Contractors can see a visual of the building project prior to its construction. Each trade can input critical information into the model prior to starting.

  • Reduces manpower conflicts
  • Improves safety
  • Analyzes possible issues with design
  • Allows for pre-fabrication of systems off site to save time

BIM and the Bottom Line

BIM is an information model that transfers easily between architects and structural engineers to main contractors and subcontractors; then on to the building owner or facility manager. This eliminates the chance of information being degenerated or lost in transition. BIM benefits:

  • Budget management
  • Construction management
  • Project management
  • Facility operations

How Revit relates to BIM

Revit is a single application built for Building Information Modeling with features for architectural design, MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) and structural engineering and construction.

Kenny Electric pairs Revit with eVolve a program that translates the design model into the prefab kits, sheets, and material listings that assist with the ordering of needed materials.