An Overview of Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Building Information Modeling, or BIM for short, is a process for creating and managing construction project information across the lifecycle of the project. 

At its core is the Building Information Model, which is a digital 3D representation of every aspect of a build asset. A BIM model uses information assembled by the project team to model the components and tools used during the construction process, resulting in a unique perspective that is far superior to blueprints and 2D sketches. Covered areas include:

  • Space
  • Light
  • Geometry
  • Geographic information
  • Building component properties and quantities

The result is an ability to make better design and construction planning decisions, estimate costs more accurately, and even predict building performance.

How BIM Saves Money 

The 3D process saves time and money because building components are visualized and inserted into the design process during its early stages, allowing necessary changes and modifications to be predicted before construction even begins. Property owners can even use BIM afterwards to monitor building performance and carry out any needed repairs quickly and efficiently.

Additional Benefits

If your firm doesn’t use BIM yet, here are some advantages that it can present for your next construction project.

  • Entire teams can work concurrently on most aspects of the building life cycle
  • Managers make better sequencing planning decisions 
  • Ability to predict whether a temporary construction setup will be necessary
  • Actual construction components are integrated into the modeling process, reflecting real-life results
  • Construction cost forecasting is much more accurate
  • Actual building performance data can be monitored
  • You can use the information to obtain data on defects, aging, and warranty issues
  • You can prevent unforeseen conditions and change orders by detecting construction and design issues in advance

What Applications Are Compatible with BIM?

Building Information Modeling is a versatile technology, so it can be used by groups like the following:

  • Construction management
  • Architects and designers
  • MEP
  • Utilities
  • Property management
  • Road construction


Building Information Modeling has arguably revolutionized the construction industry. Because it involves information management and modeling in a team environment, it is a valuable representation of the combined efforts of skilled people, efficient processes, and powerful technology.

At DDA Engineers, our structural engineers are fluent in all of the latest design and build technologies, enabling us to work seamlessly with your existing team of architects, engineers, and construction professionals. To learn about how we can add value to your upcoming project, please contact us.

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