How BIM Adoption Is Improving In Smart Buildings

Amol Patil
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    Building Information Modeling is a revolutionary set of processes involved to create digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of any smart building. These models help figure out each aspect of the building or facility before actually going into the process of building it.

    Prior to the BIM, any such models were purely based on paper and did not offer a comprehensive understanding of the way these facilities worked.

    BIM can be effectively used in making models for smart buildings. Since smart buildings use a lot of equipment and technology, using BIM can prove to be fruitful in the long run.

    Here are some ways it can help in improvising smart buildings.

    3D Modeling

    For many years, buildings and facilities were modeled on paper using hand-drawn techniques. This was not always reliable because not every angle could be observed and architects had to invest a lot of time in making these models.

    A large part of building information modeling is the use of 3D modeling to model the buildings or facilities. This takes lesser effort and lesser time to build as compared to 2D models. The 3D geometry helps in rectifying any mistakes in the modeling process during the design phase. It also provides an in-depth view of the interior and exterior of facilities or buildings. 3D Modeling reduces wastage and increases the reliability of the overall project.

    Coherent approach

    The BIM makes sure that all the stakeholders stay on the page regarding where the project is going. This means that it ensures coherent data. The integration of all the data and models means that the data regarding the functioning characteristics of the facilities will be integrated with the building 3D models.

    The coherent approach of the building information modeling makes sure that the data is available to all the stakeholders so that troubleshooting and eliminating errors is easier. It also eliminates any and all misconceptions that other stakeholders might have.


    When modeling smart buildings, it is of vital importance that the models are accurate and function properly. Once the engineers draft out the several technical aspects of the buildings, the BIM software can test the accuracy.

    Simulations are a major part of any Building Information Modeling System. This software can essentially simulate all the smart components of the facility and check whether they work accurately or not. This simulation module can also be used to optimize these smart components. Using simulations, engineers can figure out which factors to tweak up or tweak down in order for them to work in a way which is efficient and saves money.

    However, for the accuracy of these results, it is important that the building and the smart components are properly modeled and simulated by an expert. If there is even the slightest mistake in modeling or simulating the facility, this can lead to huge losses. This is because these mistakes can lead to engineers tweaking up factors which can negatively impact the facility later.

    Mitigated Risks

    Since simulation and modeling facility is a theoretical and virtual aspect of the project, it becomes easier to mitigate and manage risks at an earlier phase. The cost to manage these risks is also mitigated and minimized.

    The BIM systems reduce risk factors by studying them or identifying them before they can even take place in the future. Identifying risks and plotting ways to manage them in real-time can save up on costs or any inconvenience later as the project managers can quickly work to mitigate these risks.

    Improved scheduling

    The Building Information Modeling systems not only save you money, but they also save up a lot of time. By modeling the buildings or facilities beforehand, you can save time by figuring out which processes go first. This can save a huge amount of time because then you don’t have to worry about fixing things later on and backtracking the entire project.

    Since the simulation is virtual and runs using computers, you can easily backtrack the project without a lot of costs or time involved in doing this process.

    The BIM systems also allow you to save time by documenting the entire procedure at the same time while the buildings are “built”. This documentation can be easily adapted to newer information produced by tweaking or optimizing factors in real-time. Thereby, saving engineers and project managers a lot of time on documentation processes.


    Superior Quality

    In many studies, it was found that building built using BIM systems turned out to be much more reliable. These facilities were also much quicker and easier to build because of the coherent sharing of data. The overall smart facilities provided by these buildings were better managed and included a great deal of mitigation and management procedures.

    Sharing coherent data through BIM systems reduces all kinds of misconceptions and errors during the building processes. This makes it much quicker to rectify these errors and misconceptions during the design phase because the actual building process has not started yet.

    Through simulating all the modules of the smart buildings, it is also possible to optimize several factors through tweaking them. The simulation helps engineers and project managers to figure out exactly how much the optimization can negatively or positively affect the project.

    Using visualizations during modeling and simulation, the aesthetic design of these facilities and building can also be improved by a great amount.


    The Building Information Modeling systems are effective in reducing costs and time of building projects and managing them effectively. These systems help in optimizing your projects and can make them efficient as well. Procuring these systems and using them in your projects can prove to be beneficial to all the stakeholders involved.

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