Making a Difference with BIM: Real-World Examples
One can’t truly appreciate the power of BIM without looking at its practical applications:
One World Trade Center, New York City:
BIM was instrumental in the creation of the One World Trade Center, the main building of the redeveloped World Trade Center complex in New York City. It streamlined design visualization, making it possible to communicate complex design concepts and decisions clearly among the diverse team of architects, engineers, contractors, and stakeholders involved. Additionally, BIM facilitated improved coordination among these different teams, helping to avoid conflicts and changes during construction that could result in delays and increased costs. It also served as a valuable tool for progress tracking, enabling project managers to visualize stages of the construction process, monitor progress in real-time, and make informed decisions on resource allocation and scheduling.
Denver Museum of Art, Denver:
For the construction of the new wing at the Denver Museum of Art, BIM played a central role from the initial planning to the final construction. In the early stages, the 3D model developed through BIM allowed for the testing of different design proposals and better communication of these designs to stakeholders. Throughout the project, this model was continually updated and refined, helping to anticipate and foresee potential problems before they occurred. By using BIM, the project team was able to identify and resolve issues such as spatial conflicts and structural challenges in the virtual model, thereby avoiding costly and time-consuming changes during the actual construction process.
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco:
The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco utilized BIM in its design and construction process to great effect. BIM helped the architects, engineers, and constructors visualize and understand the complex geometries of the building’s design, which included features such as a domed green roof and a spherical planetarium. BIM was crucial in identifying potential issues early, such as conflicts between the architectural design and the structural and mechanical systems. Additionally, the use of BIM facilitated sustainable design and construction practices by enabling energy modeling and analysis, helping to achieve the building’s goal of attaining LEED Platinum certification. Through BIM, the project team was able to improve coordination, increase efficiency, and ensure the successful realization of this ambitious and innovative project.