Building Information Modeling: The Cutting Edge Project Delivery Tool

If anyone were to take a survey of developers, owners and contractors to determine if their wish lists included more accurate and better coordinated construction drawings with fewer conflicts I feel certain that you would get a resounding response: “yes, please”. The construction industry has become a nightmare for many involved simply because construction documents […]

By Brian Lewis

June 2, 2010

If anyone were to take a survey of developers, owners and contractors to determine if their wish lists included more accurate and better coordinated construction drawings with fewer conflicts I feel certain that you would get a resounding response: “yes, please”.

The construction industry has become a nightmare for many involved simply because construction documents are not properly coordinated and this results in additional cost, waste and delays.

Buildings have become larger and more complex. On the other hand, staff with the necessary experience and competence to coordinate all aspects of the project, are few and far between. The result has been a deterioration of accuracy and poor coordination of construction documents. The consequences of this problem are greater waste, increased delays and additional costs. Owners and developers are now demanding new solutions.

Fortunately there have been a number of recent developments in software and hardware that provides a number of tools that can help to increase efficiency, provide checking of conflicts to increase accuracy, coordination and reduce waste.

Buildings, structures or products are three-dimensional objects whereas the drafting solutions of the last century were 2D. As buildings and structures became larger and more complex the 2D solutions of the day exposed their limitations paving the way for 3D solutions.

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Brian Lewis

Brian Lewis is a senior principal with acla:works, architects and interior designers. Lewis has pioneered the firm's development of an integrated BIM approach comprising structural engineers, mechanical and electrical engineers, quantity surveyors, project managers, interior designers, landscape architects and architects. Acla:works offers BIM design services in the Caribbean having invested in software, research and development of an integrated design process on twenty-five buildings over the last five years.

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