The challenges the construction sector is facing and will continue to face are frequent and various: the projects become more and more complex, while budgets and delivery terms become progressively tighter.
The participants to the project should be all the more taken into account and included in the work flow. The new regulations and additional working requirements are challenges rendering the design and construction activity even more difficult.
Management of buildings throughout their entire lifecycle is also a requirement increasingly more important and many clients become even more focused on durability.
These developments result into predictable consequences: a lower quality of the constructions, lower incomes, and higher risks inferred by subsequent cost increases.
The solution in this case is the use of a BIM (Building Information Modelling) system which ensures an effective information flow throughout the entire building design, construction and operation period, which is ultimately translated into a significant performance increase. And this is the approach addressed by POPP &ASOCIATII .
BIM may be considered an outstanding transition in the design practice. Unlike CADD (Computer-Aided Design and Drafting), which is essentially just automating the traditional aspects of the drawing production, BIM represents a fundamental change.
BIM assists the architects and engineers in addressing the latest challenges in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector, thus managing to succeed on a highly competitive market. By means of BIM, the users benefit of consistent digital information in all phases of building lifecycle management, being thus able to gain greater profit.
Instead of wasting precious time with repetitive tasks which are error prone, BIM allows engineers to creatively focus on the design process, thus generating and optimising multiple alternate solutions for complex issues arising in the design flow. Designers thus successfully cope with ambitious and complex projects.
Another extremely important element in the management of a construction company is the precise management of costs. BIM makes it very easy to attain this requirement as any change of the project, and consequently of the single information model, is directly and immediately reflected in the costs.
Timeliness is another significant advantage of using BIM.
The construction industry – consisting of architects, engineers, contractors and investors – used to transfer the information in a traditional manner via manual means, by using paper, phone, fax, mail and electronic mail or hard copies. Currently, with the assistance of BIM and by using EDI (Electronic Data Interchange), new business procedures are created so as to enable electronic data exchange between all the parties interested in the project. Geographic distances no longer matter.