Today, virtually every commercial building is BIM-based, with nearly 85% of construction projects using this new technology. However, a gap still exists between the needs of architecture, engineering and construction services and the complexities of BIM. The relatively small number of BIM users are generally practice or consultants with an understanding of how models can be integrated into their daily activities, including project collaboration, communication, reporting and risk assessment. These same users also need to be willing to embrace a new way of working, and provide the leadership necessary to assist active architecture, engineering and construction departments and owners in adopting and using BIM.
Building spatial models with BIM has lowered labor costs, reduced the number of errors and allowed architects, engineers, planners and builders to maintain a more cohesive team across all aspects of the design and construction process. Vehicles, large equipment, foundations, building shells and roof systems can even be modeled.
Design professionals have a choice when developing a new project in a new industry; they can continue on their current path of using traditional and time-tested methods, or they can experiment with a new set of skills and stick with them. The most successful professionals, according to a study released by the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), are those who experiment with new methods, diskarding those that don’t work, but investing the time needed to replace old methods with new processes and procedures.
The Collaborative Life Sciences Building, which was designed by Morphosis Architects and built by C.A. Smith Inc. with backing from the Oregon Health & Science University, features six laboratories for medical and biological research that provide access to facilities for biological and chemical analysis of blood, urine and other samples. It was the first research facility in the Northwest built with BIM, representing a 25-year evolution in biological research. The lab currently houses more than 1,200 instruments, among them a 10-million-dollar microscope that is the largest in the world and can analyze tissue samples up to five times the size of a fine dining plate. 7211a4ac4a