Can Facility Managers Survive Without BIM?


Pre-construction and construction stages across a buildings lifecycle are vastly influenced by BIM. This influence is gradually spreading onto other stages and areas of a building design and construction project – especially the operational stages. This has made it mandatory for facility managers to brace up and be ready for the modern technology influenced methods of working.

This widespread use of BIM across the construction lifecycle is only logical, because it not only brings about cost and time efficiencies to a project but is also responsible for enabling streamlined processes, less liabilities, high quality, better coordination and higher collaboration. Besides, in UK, the government has made use of level 2 BIM mandatory by 2016, the Dubai municipality has also mandated the use of BIM for large scale construction projects, and Australia is also mulling over the BIM mandate, and will possibly pass it soon.

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BIM Enabled Energy Performance Evaluation and Green Building Design


Nonrenewable sources of energy are dwindling at a fast rate; this poses as a grave concern for the construction industry and it is exceedingly important to use energy in a responsible manner. Today, buildings are considered the major energy guzzlers, as they require huge amounts of energy for heating, cooling, lighting etc.

The concept of green building design thus, germinated from the dire need to reduce nonrenewable energy consumption in buildings without compromising on occupant comfort.

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Introducing Smart Construction Practices with Building Information Modeling Efficacies


The global market for construction support services using BIM is evolving and expanding. Building information modeling enables us to bring in efficiency in terms of quality, cost and time to a project. It is instrumental in enabling implementation of various processes such as visualization, design, coordination & collaboration and simulation during construction.

Armed with virtual design and construction capabilities, contractors can ensure that productivity increases while on site risks and liabilities decrease.

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Cost Estimation in Construction Using BIM


Cost estimation with BIM also known as BIM 5D can be done by connecting a 3D model to an estimation database (a 5D cost library).  Higher level of details can be applied to these estimates at various stages of the project.

3D models are fed with multi dimensional objects and related information about the elements of these objects - for example, the quantity and specification details.

Here, in BIM, the information about each element is associated with the corresponding geometry. Any change in the design, leads to change in geometry and hence the associated information also instantly changes (updates).

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BIM for Real Estate Developers – A Collaborative Approach


The construction sector in UK, Australia and UAE is increasingly adopting BIM for large scale and complex projects for both buildings and infrastructural facilities.

Building information modeling is not just a fad, and has time and again proved to be a technology expedited process that helps improve project collaboration and productivity.

A construction project includes several activities like project planning, site survey, quantity takeoff, construction scheduling, MEP design, analysis and verification of building energy consumption, construction etc. These activities are just the tip of the ice berg. Building development projects have lot of activities going on simultaneously and in succession.

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Adopting BIM for Facilities Management – A Trend on the Rise


Today, even as the BIM revolution has taken the construction industry by a storm, and has created significant time and cost efficiencies, its full-fledged use for facility management is yet to become commonplace.

According to BIM expert Bhushan Avsatthi; Hi-Tech Outsourcing Services, ‘The trend is changing. Today, especially when we talk of complex and large projects, a comprehensive BIM approach is adopted. This means, client wants to extract everything they can out of BIM and this includes facility management capabilities as well.’

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Building Mega Structures across UAE Skyline – New Era of BIM Efficacy


Building information modeling is no more the wonder word that the construction industry raved about. Today BIM has become vernacular of professionals working on building design and construction projects for large buildings and complex structures.

The question that construction firms are asking is not about whether to implement BIM or not, now it is all about how it will be executed. The industry has now accepted – rather BIM has time and again proven, that it is the most efficient technology expedited process that helps manage the full lifecycle of a building in the most efficient manner.

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UAE’s 10 Most Dynamic Megaprojects

UAE has announced a number of mega projects, and they have been considerably huge, never seen or heard – before and after the 2008 meltdown. It indicates the renewed confidence and is the evidence to the fact that construction industry of the country is back on track in steam rolling mode.


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BIM 4D Scheduling and Construction Sequencing – Enabling Efficient Project Execution

4D Building information modeling, is widely accepted and used across the AEC industry. The adoption rate of BIM 4D scheduling/construction sequencing is high and it has gained widespread acceptance across the globe. This is due to the benefits it provides and because the industry has experienced the huge potential of 4D BIM in introducing better management and articulating better outcomes.


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Adoption of BIM in the Middle East Construction Industry


In 2014 experts had predicted a surge in the adoption of BIM. We can already experience this change and increased demand for Point cloud to BIM as built structures, and extraction of complete building information modeling benefits by implementing it across the lifecycle for new construction projects.

Compared to other parts of the world, demand for BIM in the Middle East has increased remarkably. In fact, authorities in Dubai have made of BIM mandatory for large buildings, skyscrapers and complex architectures.

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Using BIM for Construction Health and Safety


Onsite accidents resulting in injuries to people and damage to a lot of resources, is definitely not desirable. Such unwanted and unwarranted accidents, lead to a lot of liabilities and loss of both time and money.

Implementing BIM for Construction Health and Safety helps curb the risk of accidents and promote safety. Let us understand how…

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BIM-Enabled Digital Fabrication of Structural Steel – An Advanced Approach

Complete and real benefits of BIM can be extracted only when it is used across all the aspects of a construction process and beyond. Today, a lot of firms have adopted BIM for project planning, scheduling, cost estimation facility management, etc.

However, why does it happen that the overall productivity rates of the projects still continue to fall? This is because, although a BIM approach is implemented across all these stages of building design and construction, they still miss out on the most important aspect of construction i.e. Building Information Models for Digital Fabrication.


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MEP BIM Enabled Coordination - On Time Delivery and Higher ROI

Usually when it comes to building design, often the core focus is on several building features that create an appearance for the building - for example the shape, materials, finishes etc. However; what actually resides at the core is the structural framework and MEP coordination.


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Introducing a Superior Facility Management System with BIM

Facility owners and managers have become tech savvy. They expect technology to expedite the process of facility management and to make it convenient and efficient. BIM as we all know; allows effective visualization and hence better understanding of problems and their solutions. It also gives facility managers better control over the building information.

BIM is the digital representation of a construction process and beyond. It ensures that all the data that is crucial to run a facility smoothly is accumulated throughout the design and construction process. As we mentioned earlier, you can find all the information integrated into the BIM model; this eliminates the need for paper drawings, and manual documentation that is extremely tedious and more complex than BIM.


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Revit Conveniently with Scan to BIM: Boon for Building Solutions and Construction Industry…!!!

In fact, these technologies have effectively replaced the conventional methods – Various business operations are experiencing drastic change and have become more far-reaching, easier and quicker.  I would like to share a classic example of how advanced tools have become a substitute to pen and paper – Revit.


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BIM 5D Tools Redefine Construction: Simulation, Project Construction & Improved Project Management

5D BIM is an evolving segment in the construction industry, comprehending the customary three-dimensions of a BIM with schedule as the fourth dimension and cost estimates as the fifth dimension. This 5D BIM sketchup helps contractors to envision the cost of the entire project, the time-line for the project, when these expenses are projected to be incurred and much more. All this happens while bearing in mind the quantities of materials resulting from the model and the productivity rate of construction staffs.


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4D BIM Promotes Onsite Safety – Drives ROI

According to a recent survey by McGraw Hill Construction, companies using (BIM) Building information modeling are reportedly experiencing higher ROI, faster production, improved safety & less liabilities. In 2007, when BIM was an emerging trend, the industry wide adoption of the technology was measured to be 28%, today it has increased to a whopping 71%. This can be credited to the increasing efficiency of BIM and its positive impact across the life cycle of a building.


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BIM for Clash Detection and Risk Analysis Streamlines the Construction Process

Building information modeling extends immense support to architects, builders and developers in planning the construction process and understanding the execution process in the best possible manner. One of the most important aspect of this construction process planning and execution, is detection of clashes and risks and mitigating them.


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Scan To BIM Software Advancements – Valued Proposition for Renovation of Retrofits and Heritage Buildings

BIM for retrofits was a relatively an unexplored domain, however for past few years, its popularity has grown at an exponential rate. This is because, it is now possible to survey an ‘As built’ environment using create BIM using supportive technologies like 3D laser scanning.

3 Types Of 3D BIM Clash Detection Have Their Own Importance

BIM or Building information modelling has set entire AEC industry abuzz! Over the years, it has proved to be quite useful to the architects, builders, engineers and contractors, providing them with amazing and valuable insights into inherent potentials of the structure for improvisation.

Since, BIM not only involves a single model; rather it is an amalgamation of different disciplines like structural, MEP and environmental engineering, etc. As all these disciplines work in tandem; it is important to establish a well-coordinated approach, where there is no clash!



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Point Cloud to BIM and Efficient Project Management – an Insight

The technology of 3D scanning and converting it into a 3D model has its applications into various fields. It is helpful and used in the Building Industry, Process Industry and Digital Factory, for the purpose of Reverse Engineering, Ship Building, Documentation of accident and forensic scenes, Facility Management, etc. 

In relation with the Building Industry (AEC), scan to BIM is the process by which a Building Information 3D Model (BIM model) is created from scanned point cloud data to accurately represent the ‘As Built’ environment. The laser scan point cloud survey data is collected and registered by certified surveyors and it is this registered point cloud from which the BIM model is produced.


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Scan to BIM Still Requires Expert Modelers

It is interesting how an entire 3D space can be scanned into a point could model, replete with intrinsic geometry details. This technology is popularly and very efficiently used to represent the ‘As built’ environment for both new buildings and refurbishment/renovation projects. BIM point cloud technology might sound very costly, but for large scale renovation projects, it is extremely useful and cost effective.



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3D MEP Coordination : Streamlined Communication Across Construction Projects


The efforts of AEC firms are always aligned towards increasing process efficiency and reducing design iterations and hence considerably reducing the amount of rework.

The architectural engineering and construction firms are always under pressure to perform to their best potential and deliver projects within the proposed deadlines. Repeated need of iterating and altering design and construction, results in a lot of rework. This has a cascading effect on all aspects of a construction project including productivity, project deadlines and the set budgets.

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Why BIM is Boon for Construction?

Building Information Modeling popularly known as BIM is rapidly turning into an improved, recognized, and proven collaboration method in the construction industry.

BIM for construction is used in vast proportions by construction managers, architects and engineering companies. Construction companies are now capitalizing on BIM technologies starting from bidding to post construction process.



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Assessing the Chain Reaction of BIM on Construction

SmartMarket Report by McGraw Hill Construction titled “The Business Value of BIM for Construction in Major Global Markets: How Contractors around the World are Driving Innovation with Building Information Modeling” presents the amount of impact BIM and construction management has made globally.



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How to Improve Cost, Scheduling and Coordination of Building Project

Building information services is a key for architects to help them achieve their design-centric tasks. It also provides various benefits including enhanced BIM coordination, constructability analysis, cost estimation and scheduling of building project.

Gantt chart, used to observe project progress against time constraints, is named after Henry Laurence Gantt, an American mechanical engineer. Though it was a useful process for project planning, it lacked something when it came to visualizing the project timelines. This is where BIM 4D modeling came into picture.



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3D Building Model Reconstruction from Point Clouds - Successful Renovation and Refurbishment Project Management

The industry has always focused on BIM adoption and implementation for new built structures. However, new buildings form only a small percentage of the total number of buildings that exist.

So, how does BIM play a role in influencing projects for retrofits and existing buildings of heritage and architectural significance? 

One of the primary requirements of using BIM effectively, for refurbishment, renovation, repair and maintenance projects is – collection of detailed and accurate information about the building. Manually collecting information regarding the architectural, structural and MEP disciplines of a facility can be difficult. Hence, laser survey technology is widely used for this purpose.



Highly sophisticated 3D laser scanners are used to collect data of an existing building in the form of point cloud models.

Challenges of 3D Building Model Reconstruction from Point Clouds 

While information collection using the point cloud technology is easy as compared to manual collection, Surface Reconstruction from Point Clouds requires extensive remodeling and expert intervention. The 3D models obtained from laser scans have to be converted into triangle mesh, polygon mesh or a NURBS surface model.   

However, the point cloud data for complex structures and larger buildings is of enormous file size. In addition to BIM expertise, it is also important to have the required infrastructure and hardware capabilities to accommodate and handle humongous volumes of point cloud data easily.

Scan To BIM Wave Sweeping the Middle East Region 

The Middle East region is experiencing a spurt in BIM adoption for retrofits, renovation and refurbishment projects. Scan to BIM is also increasingly used for accurate documentation of large and complex buildings. Building information modeling adoption will help UAE to become a world leader in building and infrastructural development.

Companies like Hi-Tech CADD Services provide support to architectural firms and developers to convert the point cloud models obtained from 3D laser scanning surveys into intelligent and information rich BIM. Existing buildings can hence become better, energy efficient, more apt in terms of occupant comfort and can be managed, maintained and operated in a better manner.