What if you were able to see your new office building, factory, or warehouse before the construction crew so much as broke ground on the project? With the recent emergence of virtual reality in the construction industry, consumers are now able to create mockups of potential projects and tour them early in the development process.
Building Information Modeling, or BIM, is revolutionizing an industry that has long been notoriously slow to adopt new technological practices and solutions. BIM offers all members of a project team the benefits of seeing a digital model long before construction begins. It also promotes communication between team members leading to an alignment of scope, budget, schedule, and quality.
In a 2015 study by Autodesk, those who had used BIM were surveyed and reported a 66% decrease in project schedules, a 65% decrease in project budgets, and a 77% decrease in construction waste. In short, BIM has promoted efficiency across (virtually) the entire construction process.
With the continued societal desire to stay connected as well as ever-expanding smartphone capabilities, smart buildings and data-driven Building Information Modeling may very well be the future of the construction industry. The emergence of this technology marks a major step forward for the industry as a whole.