BIM Benefits For The Government
Despite mandates, BIM adoption in government has lagged its private sector counterparts. However, new data shows that BIM is poised for greater adoption across agency and construction projects, as well as into building operations.
It’s not surprising. BIM brings cost savings, breaks down silos that introduce time & cost-inefficiencies makes design exploration & visualization affordable, brings together disparate data to streamline projects, and streamlines the management of construction and infrastructure projects, as well as-built assets and installations.
Of course, BIM is about more than just buildings, It also solves many of the “doing more with less” problems that agencies struggle with across a number of use cases.
Here are some used cases solved by BIM in government:
- BIM Streamline Work-flows Between DOTs & Contractors:
When working on transportation infrastructure projects such as bridges & roads, many departments of transportation share responsibility for components of the projects with outside contractors. This can sometime lead to cumbersome & slow-moving design work-flows and a lot of manual effort to combine design information for the projects.
However, when you introduce BIM, it becomes much easier to share road & bridge models across teams, plus survey data can also be used with the need to convert or translate it. And, of course, with all the BIM models, any changes made to one aspect of the design, such as changes to the bridge design, automatically updates the road elevations too, hence making the process easy and hands -on.
- BIM for Flood Simulation & Prevention:
The extreme weather conditions taking place are becoming increasingly common, and are taking a significant toll on the world’s infrastructure. The complexity of flood repairs puts significant strain on state/country budgets. However, BIM tools such as model-based flood analysis and simulation can help engineers better gauge the impact of flooding on critical infrastructure.
BIM can also support projects designed for preventing flooding, like the river course correction. BIM helps engineers and designers in modeling, coordinating and planning each moving part of all the complex multidisciplinary projects for the centralization and clash-verification of 3D designs.
- BIM Reins in Facility Management Data Sprawl:
Building Information Modeling (BIM) enables government facilities managers to build a centralized repository of data which connects other systems – securely. Once you have an inventory of your space, who it’s used by, and what equipment is housed there, it makes it easier for scheduling maintenance, planning space consolidations, reducing energy usage and more.
- BIM Saves Money on Utilities Infrastructure:
As utilities drive some of the largest construction budgets, by applying the principles of BIM, when updating old and building new infrastructure, you can improve cost control and reduce construction waste below the typical 30% level.
- BIM Fosters Collaboration:
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”, said Helen Keller. And that’s one of the core tenets of BIM. Some of the biggest challenges for AEC teams and building owners can be solved through cloud-based BIM collaboration tools. For example, one in three AEC professionals say that using multiple software tools causes duplication of data. But with design collaboration in the cloud it’s easier to keep everyone on the same page and streamline BIM projects – in real time.
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