In practice, it is probably advisable to treat clairvoyants with suspicion. Predictions, on the other hand, are not only pleasing, but also possible. Yes, even in the construction industry.
Imagine a living model of your project that gives you an overview of all processes at every stage. Welcome to the future of construction.
For a long time, many advantages of cooperative collaboration with suitable instruments were not utilized. It almost seems as if many have resigned themselves to this.
Engineering is becoming increasingly digital. Beyond the buzzwords, this has concrete effects. Digital engineering is a tool that is redefining the way projects are planned, executed, and optimized. This complementary use of data, drawings, and information that allows us to look to the future is called Building Information Modeling, or BIM for short. It is high time to get to grips with this technology. Its influence on the construction and industrial market is increasing, even if the construction industry has been very cautious in comparison to other sectors. At OPM, we have been doing this for several years for good reason and are continuing to develop the processes and the way we work together.
Visualization is a great help in collaboration and decision-making. By using BIM, a project can be brought to life through visualization even before the ground-breaking ceremony.
From the initial design phase, our BIM approach offers stakeholders the opportunity to work at a common level where you can actually talk about collaboration. Stakeholders share data, ideas, knowledge, options, and their implications so that everyone understands the decisions better. All relevant information is combined in one model – about the building, its technology and the necessary equipment.
By using the three-dimensional model, conflicts between trades or equipment can be foreseen before they occur during implementation. The consequences and costs of each change can be estimated more accurately, which improves the decision-making process. For each project element, such as the water requirements of a machine, it is possible to define what is needed at an early stage. This makes the inspection easier, as the other trades and parties involved are now also aware of these requirements and can, for example, adjust the dimensions of the supply lines or take the size of the machine into account so that the fire protection routes also meet the requirements. The more complex the interrelationships, the clearer the advantages of BIM become.
The BIM model provides those involved with a central platform as early as the construction phase. This streamlines the work processes. The tasks in the construction phases become comprehensible for all project participants, as they can more clearly identify, plan and deliver their share of the work.
From the basic assessment to the maintenance phase
In addition to the advantages in planning and construction, BIM also provides the framework for management – for operation, maintenance or adaptations such as conversions. Facility management processes can also be optimized more easily in the future and adapted to changing conditions.
The more complex a project, the more helpful BIM is
If you can think ahead, it’s easier. Even highly complex processes can be implemented reliably with BIM. We have already proven this in a number of major industrial projects.
It may sound like science fiction, but the list of projects that we have successfully completed with the help of BIM is already long. Here is a selection: