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9 reasons to deploy BIM in your future projects


For several thousand years, construction players have competed in their prowess to read a reality that is necessarily in 2D on a 3D medium. There is nothing natural about 2D, but until now we did not know how to do otherwise to write volumes and a space to be created.

It is therefore no coincidence that the movement of 3D affects construction and the rest of the industry at the same time. However, some still have doubts about the arrival of BIM on construction sites, imagining that it will remain confined to the design.

However, there is an abundance of feedback, each more exciting than the next, showing that digital technology, which is already disrupting everything in its path, will also bring its touch to construction sites. The motivations are multiple: facilitate access to information for all, secure the quality of the project, improve profitability: it is estimated that 10 billion euros per year are lost each year by the inconsistencies caused by current methods, i.e. 8% of the figure. total business of the profession!

Of course, initially a site designed in BIM can be carried out using traditional methods, we can easily extract a PDF from a BIM model. But it's still a shame to do without everything that BIM can bring to the site:

  1. Working in BIM during the construction phase makes it possible to secure the execution plans and ensure that they are consistent with the initial plan, which should therefore limit the execution errors often observed on site.
  2. BIM makes it possible to "automate" the production of quantities for the construction company.
  3. It facilitates the modeling of the construction phases of the site by showing several variants. All the phasing of the site up to the precise layout of each phase, is linked to the model and allows to have a precise view of the future structure on a specific date.
  4. BIM therefore makes it possible to determine on a specific date whether, for example, a slab is capable of taking up the site loads that will be transmitted to it.
  5. BIM also facilitates the production of quotes by accurately estimating the cost of production. The quantities are not measured manually but by modeling.
  6. The monitoring of orders, deliveries and invoices can be coupled with BIM, making it possible to estimate losses in detail, for example, it also makes it possible to adapt orders as accurately as possible.
  7. Coupled with a device for geolocation of equipment and teams, it is possible to follow the progress of the site in real time and to progress each time with more precision towards a precise knowledge of its production capacities, allowing at each stage of refine its quotes.
  8. With the arrival on the market of mobile digital solutions adapted to the work, a tablet or a smartphone is sufficient today for site personnel to access the main information concerning them.
  9. To go even further, several operators offer in mixed reality, to visit the site with a tablet and to compare continuously between the project and the actual realization, by giving back to the site meeting all its role of sharing information and 'arbitration.

It is for all these reasons that professional organizations (FFB, CAPEB, FNTP) have mobilized alongside Novabuild so that on BtoBIM 2018, the “small and large projects” component is addressed in depth, with concrete and practical feedback allowing everyone to get started in BIM for everyone, each at their own pace. 

Pierre-Yves LEGRAND
Director of NOVABUILD


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