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Why are Architectural BIM services Essential for Architects?



BIM continues to become a standard in the construction industry for architectural processes due to the host of benefits it offers throughout a project lifecycle. Offering customized designs based on client requirements is the utmost need for architects and architectural firms. For this, architects may need frequent modifications and updates of designs as well as documentation. This process is highly time-consuming and cumbersome.

BIM holds the key to achieving successful project outcomes. Perfecting plans in the schematic design phase allows architects to adhere to stipulated deadlines, and augment the architectural process. Creating designs and modifying them based on client requirements becomes easy with BIM adoption.

Building multiple architectural prototypes with Revit families enhances client satisfaction. Information-rich and 3D rendering offer higher visualization bringing greater project clarity and making architectural 3D BIM Models BIM services extremely essential for architects.

Challenges faced by architects with 2D drawing based processes

Architects work hard to make buildings better, aesthetically as well as from a sustainability point of view. Although there are various benefits of BIM for architectural BIM modeling, the complexity of the processes often causes challenges for architects.

Here are some of the challenges

  • Erroneous Designs Often errors in the design phase occur when architects work with traditional designing methods in a silo. Design mistakes, if not identified and resolved quickly can lead to inefficient designs. For example, an error in the smallest thing such as tagging or labeling components correctly can lead to costly rework in the construction stage.
  • Absence of Collaboration Architects preparing 2D drawings and working in silos often face communication issues with other teams. In case designs need to be updated, architects need to updates all the drawings, and any error can lead to coordination issues later on in the project.
  • Lack of client satisfaction Often, clients, have difficulties reading an architect's technical drawings and their 2D presentations due to a lack of technical knowledge. This lack of understanding may lead to a lack of satisfaction among clients.
  • Higher project budget and extended timelines Work silos, lack of collaboration, and communication lead to poor and time-consuming coordination processes with other design services. It often results in interdisciplinary clashes during the construction phase, which increases leads to material waste and extended timelines.


4 Benefits of Architectural BIM services for Architects

  • Enhanced architectural Designs with multiple prototypes Architects can leverage various BIM tools and BIM software to create clash-free 3D models and use Revit automation to automate their repetitive and monotonous tasks. Once design clashes are identified and resolved, architects can focus on improved building constructability and improving architectural performance as per project or client needs. Revit libraries also help architects in creating quicker design prototypes. Information-rich 3D BIM Models and 3D rendering offer higher visualization bringing greater project clarity and making architectural BIM services extremely essential for architects.

    4D BIM model of a multistory mixed-used building created by TrueCADD helped a client complete their construction project before their scheduled timelines. The BIM model also helped the client improve design intent communication with their end client.

  • Improved Collaboration Navigating around blueprints is a thing of the past. BIM provides architects the capability to acquire valuable input from every member of the team. The digital nature of BIM makes it easy for stakeholders to collaborate onsite or back-office. With complete version control for every uploaded file, architects can gain holistic design that includes parameters of schedule, cost, and building operations. Architects can easily collaborate with clients and stakeholders and make smarter and more informed decisions. The 3-dimensional visualization provides greater project clarity in terms of design intent.

    Revit coordinated model developed by TrueCADD for a Data Center helped clients remain on a budget, with error-free documentation.


  • Increased transparency & client satisfaction BIM shows physical space in its entirety. 3D visual models plug design gaps and promote forward-thinking design with the least number of ambiguities and RFI's. By creating quick and multiple design prototypes, architects can bring greater project clarity to clients. With increased project visualization in a three dimensional view, design sign-offs are faster.
  • Savings of cost and time Working up clash-free designs quickly with realistic views of project schedules and cost helps architects and other construction stakeholders save on costs and gain better profit margins. Architects are increasingly collaborating with various construction companies to reduce errors and save on construction cost and time.

Conclusion

BIM facilitates integration with architects, clients, builders, engineers, and other relevant stakeholders to a single intelligent and shared model. Implementing it with daily workflow with features of accurate scheduling and cost estimation, enables architects to think outside the box with enhanced design visualization and automation.



About Author:
Harika Singh is an academician and published writer. Her passion for engineering and technology reflects in the in-depth coverage she provides on technology trends. 20 years of work association with institutes of repute across India and USA positions her to provide valuable insights to business stakeholders on achieving scalability and operational efficiencies through digitalization.

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