Advantages of a BIM-Centric Design Approach
by Luis Cetrangolo, AIA, BIM Coordinator
Integrated Design employs the latest in modeling software and design tools, including BIM–based methodology and Autodesk® Revit® 2013. While the transition from manual drawing to CAD-based approaches improved the efficiency of the process, the transition to a BIM-centric design approach fundamentally changes the process and AEC workflow. Quite simply, BIM revolutionizes the way project information is shared, coordinated, and reviewed. This approach is proving to be a breakthrough technology that affects project workflows, multidisciplinary team roles, delivery methods, and project deliverables.
A fundamental advantage of using a BIM-based methodology for sharing project information and collaborating is that it enables design team members to participate and provide their inputs much earlier in the design process. This early participation and input enables all design team members to assess the impacts of their design decisions and processes downstream, which in turn results in a smoother, less costly design process. Change orders are reduced because problems are anticipated and dealt with much earlier.
When the entire team can coordinate their work and share design inputs, they can easily assess the impacts of design alternatives and hone in on the best options earlier, and in parallel.