BIM stands for Building Information Modeling, and it is a collection of tools that allows teams to create, analyze, and edit 3D digital project models.
Fremont, CA: The construction industry has not always been able to embrace new technology. This pattern is beginning to reverse, as the sector has fallen behind in the fast-paced digital economy. Building Information Modeling (BIM) and other digital services are becoming industry standards, but they can be used for more than just construction.
BIM provides a range of productivity and versatility advantages, just as it has in many other areas where virtual documents have replaced paper copies. Its popularity has exploded in recent years, but the industry might not be completely leveraging it.
Here are three use cases of BIM in property management:
Marketing and sales
These virtual models' efficiency and usability will help property managers appeal to potential clients and close sales. Digital twins are a feature of some BIM systems that enables a BIM model to update in real-time as construction progresses. These systems collect data from the construction site so that the virtual model of a building is still up to date. Property managers may start marketing before a project is finished if they have access to real-time data like this.
Property managers may also use digital twins to take prospective customers around the property without going to the construction site. This allows interested parties to monitor progress without jeopardizing their safety. Clients will have more confidence because of this exposure, which will help property managers sell more quickly.
Maintenance and repairs
BIM may also be beneficial to property managers after a sale has been completed. The same characteristics that make it suitable for building also make maintenance and repairs easier to handle. Property managers should give maintenance staff access to the BIM model when a building needs to be repaired. These 3D digital models provide an immersive, in-depth look at the building's architecture, assisting teams in identifying and resolving issues more quickly.
BIM offers a single source of truth so that maintenance workers can refer to these models for any repair history. They can easily acquire all of the knowledge they need. As a result, they can quickly assess the best course of action, reduce maintenance costs, and shorten timelines.
Repair workers may also use BIM to model any changes before they begin. They'll be able to see if they'll run into any issues and function more safely as a result. BIM avoids reworking in this process, just as it does in the building phase, saving time and resources.
The most important advantage of BIM is that it makes the design and construction process much more effective. Digital models can be produced and exchanged much more easily than paper blueprints, saving time. They are accessible to all stakeholders at any time, reducing the chance of miscommunication. The design and development process will run more smoothly if everybody is on the same page from the start.
Clash detection is a feature of many BIM programs that identifies possible issues with a model. Stakeholders will see and fix issues before construction if anything doesn't suit or breaches a building code, preventing rework.