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Financial Impact of BIM for a Design-Bid-Build Project Building Information Modeling (BIM) is really a general term to define a process

that encompasses a myriad of services and activities that revolve around collaboration. In very basic terms a 3D model is built to represent the building, structural elements, and all discipline elements. The models are leveraged at the very least for clash detection. When BIM is introduced into a project, how far it continues, how the models are utilized, and how much information is attached to the model elements are all questions that need to be answered for a project. Ultimately it is how the client defines BIM and what the client wants BIM to encompass. It is our job to ask the questions necessary so we can produce the correct deliverable in the quickest, and most accurate concise manner. Deliverables may include items typically not included in a traditional (non-BIM) project such as: Developing a Building Information Model in a software package not typically used in your everyday production. Building content (families/blocks) representing actual approved design elements with accurate data. The sub-contractors working together to produce a fully coordinated clash-free model. Data farming and export for use in business centric databases. Data management and collection from multiple CAD databases. Data management for facility operations. Provide personnel to work with the BIM team to come up with a coordinated installation plan. Incorporating a BIM modeler during the actual installation.

These are examples of services that may add time and money initially to a project however these activities should save the client money and time over the life of the project and possibly through the life of the facility. The savings will take many forms including but not limited to: Overall o o Better communication is inherent and mandatory in the BIM process Flushing out design issues is intuitive with a collaborative virtual 3D walk-through and automated clash and reporting tools. Automatic parametric schedule generation Sheet setup View creation and updates Clash detection with structural and architectural elements 3D parametric design environment increasing initial accuracy and decrease more design mistakes

Generation of Construction Documents o o o o

Virtual Construction of Building Prior to Actual Installation o o o o o o o Clash detection with structural, architectural, fire protection and MEP elements Flush out design mistakes based on actual available space Installation Change Orders Installation clearances Code clearances Service clearances The goal of virtual construction is to flush out design/space issues and conflicts so relatively clash free installation documents may be generated for the construction of the building and installation of the trade elements. Resolving the issues in the virtual phase and not in the field will save the owner a great deal of time and money.

Construction/Installation Installation documents are generated based on the coordinated designs. If an issue is experienced in the field a BIM specialist will help navigate optional routings that will not conflict with others. Clearances were established for proper installation BIM continues to be leveraged heavily during installation. The 3D virtualization specialist is still important to the team as the specialist is pulled into field issues to help resolve problems.

Post Building Construction o o Data reuse for remodels Facility Operations Track maintenance items Track assets Track equipment replacement Service Service clearances were established for equipment changes and servicing

It will be very important to ask the right questions to find out what the owner wants to realize from the BIM project. If all pertinent data is collected and stored throughout the BIM project the owner can optimize their ROI.

Case Study: Dace A. Campbell Spokane Falls CC Science Building November 2, 2011 Science lab building at rural community college $16.5 Million Dollar Project 75,000 s.f. This is an ideal and unique case study where part of the project was done with traditional 2D non-BIM methods non and the other portion of the project with high density MEP required 3D BIM methods. The 2D non-BIM method resulted in 12 out of 17 field generated RFIs. BIM The 3D BIM method resulted in 5 of the 17 field generated RFIs. The areas that used the BIM method were 5.1 times more dense with MEP elements and the amount of the RFIs were still remarkably less. The change orders for the complete project amounted in 6 Million Dollars with only 10 thousand dollars resulting from the BIM portion of the project. esulting

Case Study: HOK NY @ Bryant Park Commercial Office Space 34,000 s.f. NO Change Orders Completed project 2 weeks early On Budget

Design Changes The BIM process captures design changes early in the process therefore lowering the total cost of

design changes.