Faghihi, V. & Kang, J. (2014). "BIM Application and Benefits on Small Projects (a case study)"
BIM Application and Benefits on Small Projects (a case study)
Faghihi, V.PhD Graduate from Construction Engineering and Management, Texas A&M University and Kang, J.
Building Information Modeling has become one of the emerging tools in construction engineering and management field. The information embedded in the 3D representation of a project delivers the project managers a better understanding of the project. One of the most useful features being available through this source of data is the integrated 3D design of all the design part, from structural to architectural and MEP. The integration of these different design parts in one 3D model allows a precise clash detection prior to the execution of a project. Doing clash detection in giant and complex projects such as industrial projects is unquestionably beneficial, but will it be useful for small projects too?
In this research, the authors selected a $5M commercial project as a small project to investigate the usefulness of BIM application. The authors initially visited the ongoing project execution in the job site for capturing the real clashes, while generating and integrating 3D models of the project. Finally, using the clash detection report and professional interviews, the authors showed that even commercial projects in this size range are able to save up to 1.5% of their total cost only by taking the advantages of BIM clash detection feature.
Keywords: Clash Detection, Small Commercial Project, BIM, Application and Benefits