Building information modeling is the process of the creation and management of data throughout a building project. The best construction software is designed to support this process, finding that information and putting it together.
Building information data needs to be managed systematically. Data requirements need to be identified and built in to the building information model.
This information can include:
- Light management data
- Cost management
- Project management
- Assembly sequences
- Erection sequences
- Data file management
- Sub- documentation like the interoperation and correlations between plans and materials, quantities, product components, quality specifications, etc.
- Reporting systems which cover the requirements of administration, like financial, etc.
The requirements of a comprehensive, structured and preferably single stream method of building information management can be huge. On a major project, information is generated at a constant pace.
It’s no coincidence that the developers of project management software and systems are also the developers of the construction software. This software is at the heart of the project operations, and is therefore by definition a good source of information. Extending these programs to include project management capabilities was one of the first great advances in the commercial management use of CAD software for data management purposes.
Building information models in practice
The main advantage of building information models Wood which are based on the same platform as the construction software can be seen in the top of the range Tekla software.
This software provides:
- Single stream information management which incorporates data inputs in real time
- Data access for managers
- Cross referencing and specific information management
- Comprehensive records management and updating
- Full spectrum cost and time management data
- Cross checks against contract requirements
- The ability to obtain correlate and extract data efficiently
As you can see, this is a truly comprehensive management approach, enabling full examination of any building issues with current information.
The requirements are all practical, and include a range of major management issues, like contract performance evaluation, construction scheduling, and other critical issues. These building information models also enforce a level of efficiency on all levels of operation, from the start. That’s invaluable in terms of ensuring best practice throughout a project.
The practical aspects of building information models are multiple. In the highly advanced platforms like 3D modelling software, a further process, known as “4D modeling” includes the construction process schedules, pre fabrication and erection sequences of the project. These are natural project data sources, with a lot of built in parameters which make referencing information of the type provided by building information models possible in detail.
This is a vast improvement over the ad hoc, multi system models which are now becoming dinosaurs in the construction industry. Project managers, corporate managers, and financial managers around the world have been voting with their feet for the new building management models. They’re now so prevalent in the top levels of the construction sector use building information modeling coupled with single stream platforms as standard practice.