Trends in the construction industry sometimes seem like the flavor of the month generating buzz and frenzied adoption before flaming out because of exorbitant costs or because they simply don’t deliver results.
Building Information Modeling is different. This trend has become widely adopted because of the benefits for a total cost of ownership approach to facility management with significant returns on initial investments.
“Utilizing Building Information Modeling really impacts the total cost of ownership -- the cost of designing and constructing a building combined with ongoing operating costs -- and should play an integral part in any successful project,” said Nick Bokhoven of DPR Construction. “Currently, 90 percent of DPR projects use virtual design and construction tools before work in the field ever begins.”
Building Information Modeling 101
The definition of Building Information Modeling from the U.S. National Building Information Model Standard Project Committee states: “Building Information Modeling is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. A BIM is a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life cycle; defined as existing from earliest conception to demolition.”
Rather than just providing 3-D drawings, BIM illustrates spatial relationships, functional characteristics and building components with a new level of detail, such as including manufacturers instructions, serial numbers and more.
The flexibility of BIM allows a facilities manager to get a clear picture of something as small as a valve without having to search through manuals or even be on site. It enables a better understanding of the proposed design and helps coordinate architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing efforts to identify any discrepancies before they become physical problems in the field. BIM aids in communication and reduces uncertainty, ultimately improving safety and enabling adherence to tight timelines and budget constraints.
Developing standards and protocols
One recent DPR project, the Palomar Medical Center, faced common BIM challenges that in turn helped the company develop standards and protocols for not only the Medical Center, but also will guide owners of future DPR projects in creating an accurate picture of building system performance.
“At DPR, we believe BIM is so much more than 3-D coordination -- it integrates people, process and tools across the entire project lifecycle. It is the creation and timely flow of information, the key word in BIM, which insures project success,” Bokhoven said.
Belief and conviction around a path forward isn’t born out of forcing commitments and requiring compliance. Instead it is born out of a thoughtful, intentional, and cohesive plan that is developed by a united team.
This is just another example of DPR Construction’s leadership using BIM as a key strategy for successful building owners now and in the future.
-Submitted by DPR Construction.