While many firms are just now beginning to utilize Building Information Modeling, or BIM, PerryCrabb has been on the forefront of this innovation since 2007. BIM involves the construction of a virtual, information-rich, three-dimensional building model where collaboration is real-time, conflicts are avoided, and drawing is a natural part of the engineering process. Engineers and architects can work together in ways that are not possible in CAD, walking users through the virtual model before the first foundation is poured.

The benefits of incorporating BIM into the planning process are many. Just as soldiers train on virtual battlefields and doctors practice surgery in virtual bodies, designers create buildings and the systems within them in a virtual environment that is rich with data and intelligence. Integrated engineering tools work with the data inside the model, creating fewer opportunities for error. Contractors can further refine the design model for coordination and fabrication. Change orders are reduced. Buildings go from concept to concrete on a shorter timeline. The model ends up in the hands of the owner to use for maintenance, management and renovation.

Advantages of BIM include:

  • Better visualization by users
  • Better collaboration within the design team
  • Reduced errors
  • Faster project delivery
  • Building model becomes a facility management tool