How to use BIM in the Construction Site: Applications and Benefits
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The universal goal of the construction industry is to work towards efficiency. In the end, it all comes down to having the right people, the proper tools, and having efficient processes to implement in your day-to-day operations. Among the best practices in the industry, BIM (Building Information Modeling) has gained popularity among contractors due to its data-sharing capacities. Which, has helped to have more efficient and collaborative work flows between construction teams.

We have discussed how we streamlined the workflow of our in-house team by taking full advantage of pre-construction models using BIM. Now, we will go through the process of bringing that technology directly into the construction site: how it works, what tools are needed, and how you can take full advantage of it. 

BIM in the Construction site: practical uses 

The on-site construction team needs reliable, fast, and precise information., to properly execute the project without downtime.  To achieve it, you need the proper data-sharing culture within your organization (you can read on how we accomplished BIM-oriented frameworks here).   

Hence, there might be some implementation challenges. Nevertheless, it has been proved that BIM has valuable on-site applications that increase project efficiency and enhance collaborative teamwork. It provides better insight for construction managers and all other stakeholders who are involved in the project. For these purposes, the specific tools that we have found more useful for on-site applications are Virtual and Augmented reality. 

BIM Technologies Onsite Application

Virtual Reality 

Virtual reality is 100% a digital experience. You can fully immerse yourself into any digital scene. In a construction environment, you can interact with a real-scale 3D model. While this technology may not be particularly used on the construction site, it assists in the completion of onsite-related tasks. 

Tools: Revit, Prospect, and Oculus. 

Uses for the construction team: 

Uses for clients: 

Augmented Reality 

Augmented reality occurs when there’s an overlay of digital graphics onto the real world. This application is used on-site to visualize real-scale 3D models. 

Tools: Forge, Revit, BIM 360

Uses for the construction team: 

Uses for clients: 

Wrapping Up 

All things considered, we can say this technology is helping the construction industry to enhance the visualization of complex data on the construction site. As a result, contractors and project owners can make more intelligent and accurate decisions by bringing a whole BIM model to the job site. The benefits of BIM on-site application can be summed up in the following: 

All of this is possible thanks to the effort of keeping a centralized database with information available to everyone using BIM 360. 

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