The essential value that BIM as a technology brings to the industry is in the way it enables “Virtual Design and Construction”. By incorporating data that better models construction and post-construction realities, the worlds of the contractor, developer, and property manager are brought closer to the world of the designer. Together, all parties can enjoy the benefits of “building twice” that are provided by BIM-enabled Virtual Design and Construction (VDC). The benefits are many. Here are a few of the most important:
1. Constructability – Identifying potential issues with the constructability of a project before you break ground increases productivity and saves everyone time and money.
2. Maintainability – Dealing with changes during construction costs time and money.
3. Liability – Everyone involved with a construction project wants it to succeed, but the traditional design-bid-build process places the owner, designer and builder into somewhat different interest groups.
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