1 Introduction:

The crucial role of technology is to lead us towards more efficient & time saving methods which help achieve our goals faster. The illustration of the workflow is to show what architects will lose if they do not adopt BIM methods. 

2 Efficient Workflow vs. Typical Workflow

The typical workflow varies a lot from one project to another and involves different software at different stages. Also, while transferring the information to another software, there is a high possibility of data manipulation or, in some cases, the possibility of the data being lost.

3 Integrated Design Workflow using BIM

 Schematic Design (SD):
  • Presentation, documentation and analysis of the workflow is performed using a single software, unlike the traditional methods, where you need different software for different workflows.
  • The ability to explore various concepts in a faster and more efficient way through a 3D BIM model.
  • These 3D models allow various concepts to accurately analyse and provide the option to compare each concept against the zoning code or energy standards etc.
  • Performing Sun-Path analysis and energy simulation is quicker and provides accurate data which supports the architect’s idea.
Design Development (DD):
  • Parametric objects in a 3D BIM environment provide an ease to change the design according to the architect’s will.
  • Photorealistic rendering is faster that helps architects and the clients in visualising spaces and design.
  • Fabrication workflow like 3D printing & laser cutting can be done from the Virtual Building Model.
  • Generating and extracting information like the material quantity & the room fiinish schedule is easier compared to the manual counting process in CAD drafting.
  • Allows collaborative decision-making
  Construction Documentation (CD):
  • Real-time sheet work is possible as BIM allows smart documentation while creating 3D models.
  • “Change Anywhere Change Everywhere” concept helps make the revsions faster and a lot more efficiently, unlike traditional approaches.
  • The on-site collaboration is easier using 3D BIM models which reduces frequent site visits and conflicts.
  • Real-time communication makes the flow of the teamwork smoother.
  • Interdisciplinary clash detection and coordination at fingertip saves time and energy.
  • Accurate quantity take off helps with the onsite material savings.
  • Project management & the integration of control tools becomes smooth and frictionless.
  • 3D Information rich model makes digital fabrication and manufacturing workflow easy.
  • Shared risks and rewards
  • Integration with FM and BMS without any data loss.
To sum up, Integrated Design Workflow or IPD (Integrated Project Delivery) saves 35% more time and allows these architect in delivering efficient projects.

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