The construction and architecture industries have access to a range of digital solutions to reduce costs, encourage collaboration and enhance productivity.
As the CEO of Redstack Asia, I've had the chance to see these industries change as our products and solutions unlock the potential for design teams and project managers to operate more efficiently. One workflow solution in particular is opening doors to innovation. Building Information Modelling (BIM) is now integral to the design process, and businesses ignoring its influence are adding unnecessary risk to their projects.
So, what is BIM and why is it so important?
BIM - A recent revolution
With BIM being mandated on government projects around the world in countries like Singapore and the UK, BIM is now becoming an industry standard, creating a rapid change in the way architects approach the design process. Five to ten years ago, designers could get away with 2D drawings, which were swiftly replaced by 3D renderings as the technology became more accessible.
BIM is not a software product, but rather a methodology that seeks to link all parts of the design and construction process, ensuring that any problems can be reworked before contractors break ground.
It does this through a series of steps to ensure there is consistency throughout the design process. These are:
● Visualisation - see how the drawings look and ensure they are viable.
● Coordination - work out how the design will manifest once construction starts.
● Collaboration - get architects, project managers and contractors working with consistent information.
What are advantages of a BIM workflow?
One of the main advantages to introducing a design method that will resonate with everyone from project managers to contractors and developers is cost savings. With BIM being mandated in Singapore for several years, Redstack has gained significant experience implementing BIM and is seeing BIM deliver significant cost savings for design and construction projects.
In the days of 2D drawing, it was impossible to fully visualise what a project would actually look like until it was built. By then, minor issues that could be easily spotted and amended with BIM solutions have become expensive headaches instead. Not only do they cost money to fix, they take time as well. If there's anything worse than a project that's over budget, it's one that's also late.
In our experience, contractors choose BIM solutions because they can achieve a cost saving of between 10 and 12 per cent over the course of a contract.
Why do you need BIM?
Aside from missing out on the collaboration advantages and cost savings BIM delivered, BIM is being mandated on projects around the world and those that are not BIM ready are missing out on winning contracts. BIM has been mandated in Singapore for several years now and we have seen the early adopters of BIM thrive while those reluctant to change have struggled to remain competitive. We are seeing the same trend emerge around the world. Those who are implementing BIM now are more likely to survive and thrive in the future.
How is Redstack helping with BIM implementation?
Redstack support the full range of stages in the BIM process, which involves being there from the time contractors start developing drawings to the completion of projects if our services are required. We are also delivering outstanding results with products like Archibus, helping building owners utilise their BIM models for facilities management.
Our clients find it is very important to partner with someone like Redstack who can assist with managing the BIM process, given the sheer number of staff and contractors involved on modern construction projects and the complicated nature of the design process.
Often, main contractors will have teams of subcontractors for specialist jobs such as ducting, air conditioning and steel work, among others. To ensure that all teams are capable of working together, a set process is required.
We request access to the relevant drawings and help teams to discover any potential for clashes or difficulty before they are even on site. This means that everyone on the job is doing what they need to do, when it is required and without tripping up other personnel.
Ultimately, BIM is more than a set of products or software, it's a workflow solution revolutionising the Australian construction and architecture industries as its influence grows.
Redstack can assist with all the BIM services, expertise, support, software, hardware and training you need to successfully implement BIM on your next project.
If you would like to know more about how the BIM process can benefit your business, download our free whitepaper on BIM Implementation or contact us to find out how Redstack can assist with implementing BIM on your projects.