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Building Information Modeling-BIM service by TWI Azerbaijan

Fri, 05 July, 2024

TWI Azerbaijan provides Building Information Modeling – (BIM) service which includes its technical services.

What is Building Information Modeling?

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a digital innovation that revolutionizes how buildings and infrastructure are designed, constructed, and managed. At its core, BIM is a digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics of a facility, serving as a shared knowledge resource for information throughout its lifecycle—from conception to demolition. BIM is used for creating and managing data during the design construction and operations process. BIM integrates multidisciplinary data to create detailed digital representations that are managed in an open cloud platform for real time collaboration. Building Information Modeling (BIM): Accurate measurements by total station and laser scanning, is a method of high-accuracy mapping or reality capture the detail of the entire building construction and renovation project. Originally applied in the construction and maintenance of building.

Laser scan and total station measurements are primarily used in applications where this capability provides added value. In the BIM market, these uses generally fall into two categories:

  • New Construction - The method can be deployed in many places in a new construction project to aid the BIM process. For example, scanning all components as they are installed can provide a time-lapse record with millimeter accuracy data on the pipes, HVAC, structural steel, floors, and rebar in the concrete slabs throughout the building along with the actual installation date. This information can be compared to the design to verify that all components are installed in the correct place. If any errors are discovered, the design can be revised so that new components can be altered in the fabrication process instead of making costly changes onsite.
  • Renovations - For renovations or additions to an existing structure, drawings are often extremely out of date or simply don’t exist. This makes designing any type of renovation or addition difficult. The laser scanner locates whatever it sees and “freezes” the site in time in its current form. This data then can be brought into CAD packages and used to develop extremely accurate existing condition drawings. Once these documents are created, laser scanning can continue to add value by capturing construction milestones and providing quality assurance as the project progresses.

How BIM Works

Design Phase - 3D Modeling: Architects and designers use BIM software to create a 3D model of the building. This model integrates geometric data, spatial relationships, and geographic information, providing a holistic view of the project.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Various engineering disciplines (structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing) contribute their designs to the model. This multidisciplinary approach helps detect and resolve conflicts before construction begins.

Construction Phase - Detailed Scheduling (4D): BIM incorporates the time dimension, allowing for detailed planning and sequencing of construction activities. This 4D aspect helps in managing project timelines more effectively.

Cost Estimation (5D): Integrating cost data into the BIM model provides accurate budgeting and financial planning. This 5D capability helps in cost control and resource optimization.

Operations and Maintenance Phase - Facility Management: BIM models serve as a valuable resource for managing and maintaining facilities. Information on building components, systems, and maintenance schedules is readily available, streamlining facility management tasks.

Energy Management: Performance data within the BIM model can be used to monitor and optimize energy usage, contributing to sustainability goals.

Benefits of BIM are Improved Efficiency (BIM enhances efficiency by reducing errors and rework through better coordination and clash detection. Streamlined workflows and improved productivity are direct results of this enhanced efficiency), Cost Savings (Accurate cost estimations and budget control are significant benefits of BIM. By reducing waste and optimizing resource use, BIM contributes to substantial cost savings), Enhanced Quality (BIM leads to better design quality and visualization, allowing stakeholders to see a detailed representation of the final product. This results in higher quality construction through precise planning and execution), Sustainability (BIM supports sustainable building practices by enabling detailed analysis and improvement of energy efficiency. The ability to incorporate sustainable materials and practices from the outset helps achieve green building certifications), Data-Driven Decisions (With comprehensive data collection and analysis capabilities, BIM supports informed decision-making throughout the building lifecycle. This data-driven approach enhances overall project outcomes).

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a transformative approach that enhances the construction industry by improving collaboration, reducing costs, and ensuring high-quality outcomes throughout a building's lifecycle. By leveraging detailed digital models and comprehensive data, BIM enables informed decision-making, efficient facility management, and sustainable building practices. As the construction industry continues to evolve, BIM stands at the forefront of innovation, shaping the future of how buildings are conceived, constructed, and maintained.