Virtual Construction & Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the process of generating and managing building data throughout the life cycle of a facility, including the processes of construction and facility operation.

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BIM uses three-dimensional, real-time, dynamic building modeling software in an effort to decrease the time and resources that are wasted in the process of designing and constructing a structure. BIM provides the potential for a virtual information model to be handed from design team to contractor and subcontractors and then to the owner, adding their own additional discipline-specific knowledge and tracking of changes to the single model.

The result is anticipated to greatly reduce the information loss that occurs when a new team takes “ownership” of the project as well as in delivering extensive information to owners of complex structures far beyond that which they are currently accustomed to having. One common benefit to BIM is the early detection for clash potential between MEP systems, and designing a sequence for MEP installation that benefits the overall project schedule.

Since 2003, Layton Construction has been an active participant in the virtual construction environment, and has created a virtual construction division staffed by BIM project managers and experts.

Having used BIM on various projects and for various phases of work, BIM, where feasible, has become a standard practice on all of our construction projects. Current and past projects which have utilized BIM modeling are included at the column (right).

Benefits of BIM

The benefits of BIM can generally be measured by two metrics: Schedule and Cost.

COST: BIM can be utilized to proactively identify problems long before they materialize and cause costly delays and change orders. By constructing a building first in a virtual environment, project managers can identify potential problems that are invisible on a two-dimensional set of drawings. Once identified, these problems can be quickly and clearly communicated to the owner, design team and subcontractors using virtual modeling. Changes can be made instantly, and understood perfectly.

SCHEDULE: BIM modeling can shave precious days and weeks off of a typical commercial construction schedule. The BIM models allow concise communication and understanding of the project and the requirements.