Building Information Modelling, or BIM, is now extensively utilized in construction process. BIM has made a sea change in construction industry. Recently it has been observed that BIM is utilized in some of the most complicated and large construction projects ranging from water to transport all through the globe.
What is BIM? A BIM model comprises a data-rich, virtual building, capturing the physical and engineering properties of the complete project. It can be used by designers, cost consultants, project planners, contractors and ultimately the client/occupier.
BIM can remove waste out of the design and construction process ensuing a consequent & significant cutback in procurement costs as well facilitating clients with an asset management tool greater to the traditional O&M manual.
The West Kowloon Terminus: The world's largest rail network connecting Hong Kong and Beijing is being built: the Guangzhou–Shenzhen– Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL). In Hong Kong,The West Kowloon Terminus, which will span 430,000 m², 15 tracks and cover commercial spaces plus customs and immigration control, is being constructed using BIM.
London Victoria Underground station: In London, a rebuild of Victoria Underground station is doubling the size of the ticket hall and involves the creation of new tunnels up to 9m in diameter. The extremely demanding engineering project, which involves working in densely occupied subterranean urban setting and the creation of 2500 jet grout columns for support, is being made much easier with the use of BIM techniques.
It incorporates 3-D design, simulation and analysis, quantity surveying and many other tools as well as providing a platform for collaboration.
The Panama Canal: A third example of the use of BIM is on the other side of the world: the Panama Canal, where two new sets of locks, one on the Pacific side and one on the Atlantic side are being constructed.
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