Problem Solved Before It Becomes One

BIMWhy all projects need BIM

There’s nothing more frustrating than to start work on a project, only to learn that a spatial miscalculation was made during the design phase.

Fortunately, there’s a surefire way to avoid such problems, and that’s something called Building Information Modeling (BIM) – a process we use extensively here at Miller Electric.

Going beyond the method of printing 2D plans, BIM software allows you to generate and manage building data in computer-generated 3D representation, and what some may term 4D capabilities throughout the project lifecycle. The benefit of creating BIM models is that you can pre-build the space and identify problems long before installation actually occurs. This can eliminate rework, costly change orders, and weeks – or even months – of lost time.

To further drive the point, we tracked just how much time and money we saved by using BIM on a recently completed project. Thanks to reduced coordination and field times, we were able to save nearly 1% on a $7 million job.

Not only does BIM aid in coordination and collision detection, it allows all trades to work together as a team to resolve problems and find solutions. The team can also identify prefabrication opportunities and produce better as-built drawings. Other components include estimating and scheduling, and asset and building management capabilities.

Nearly all jobs of any size today require some form of spatial coordination. In fact, some states – Wisconsin, Texas and Ohio – have made it mandatory to use BIM on public projects of a certain size. And the U.S. General Services Administration has been requiring BIM on federal projects since 2006.

Miller Electric started using computer-aided design (CAD) in the field in the late 1990s and BIM in 2006. We quickly recognized the advantages of having this technology available on the job site and now recommend it for all of our larger jobs. Recent projects we’ve worked on that benefited from BIM include Creighton Prep High School, the Blue Cross Centre, UNMC’s College of Nursing, Durham Research Center II, and Bergan Mercy and Lakeside hospitals, part of Alegent Health Systems.

Want to learn more about this 4D technology, BIM or any other processes Miller has to offer? Leave us a comment and let’s get the conversation started.


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