BIM = Business information modeling
VDC = Virtual design and construction
Seven years ago, we in the construction industry pondered the pros and cons of BIM software. BIM was new-to-us at that point but the concept – and the term – was introduced in 1992. Today there’s no doubt there are many advantages to business information modeling and the software that drives it.
VDC followed in 2001 by the CIFE (Center for Integrated Facility Engineering at Stanford University of California). The institution strives to lead the world in academic research for architectural engineering virtual design and construction.
A Competitive Edge in Construction Bidding
“Construction has one of the most costly and time-consuming bidding processes of any industry, owing to the high complexity of projects,” said marketing pro Tyler Riddell. With BIM and VDC, bidders can include a visual, integrated model that includes product and material information.
Your bids will leave no doubt as to the level of organizational efficiency and collaborative abilities of your teams. Your accuracy in estimating costs will also improve, and that usually means greater profits.
Minimize Poor Construction Planning
BIM uses data and 3D modeling to strengthen design concepts for one or more construction project segments. We use it to portray how finished physical objects will appear.
VDC complements BIM. This application incorporates the BIM models into a start-to-finish project presentation. This application “gives each team member access to updated, real-time project information,” says the design software company ALLPLAN, “while optimizing engineering and construction.”
Trying to envision a finished project was difficult for many stakeholders, no matter how accurate the 1- or 2-D drawings and architectural presentations are. VDC can be used to reveal every phase of a construction project.
The software data factors-in:
- Turnaround times
BIM and VDC can reduce the issues associated with poor construction planning:
- Everyone on the project team is able to “see” the end result and each person can speak to the design concepts confidently.
- It proves the project is doable as-planned.
- Labor costs can be reduced because you save time taking the design to a deliverable plus it helps you determine what and when labor is needed.
- Material costs can be reduced because you’ve pre-planned and identified types and layouts. You’ll know when/what to order, staging required, and shipping times.