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Benefits of Using BIM for Small Projects

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In recent years, BIM has proven its benefits in handling design conflicts and project workability for complex projects. In addition to these complex and huge projects, there are lots of smaller projects that still are having problem to deal with
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    Posted on ReseachGate   Benefits of Using BIM for Small Projects  ميحرل نحرل ﷲ   مس V. Faghihi 1 and Dr. J. Kang 2 Benefits of Using BIM for Small Projects   1 PhD Student, Construction Engineering and Management, savafa@tamu.edu 2 Associate Professor, Department of Construction Science, juliankang@tamu.edu In recent years, BIM has proven itsbenefits in handling design conflictsand project workability for complexprojects. In addition to thesecomplex and huge projects, thereare lots of smaller projects that stillare having problem to deal withreworks and cost overruns.Knowing that most constructionprojects issued by the clients are lessthan $5M in their budgets, one maybe wondering what benefits theclients can gain from applying BIMto their construction projects.The main objective of this researchis to investigate the benefits ofapplying BIM to constructionprojects with less than $5 millionproject cost.The minor objective could bedetermining the amount of moneythat could be saved by using BIMprior to actually performing theproject and encountering the clashesin the job-site.To prove the advantages of usingBIM in construction projects lessthan $5M, the White Rock Library isselected, which is a $4.2M project.To apply this research topic to theproject the following steps havebeen taken so far: 1. Visiting the job-site for several times duringthe construction period;2. Taking photos from conflicts in projectprocess in job-site, esp. clashes between MEPand structure of the project;3. Building 3D MEP model based on latestMEP drawings handed by the subcontractorin Autodesk ® Revit ® MEP;4. Receiving architectural and structural modelfrom the contractor and combining them bycreated MEP model;5. Running clash detection in Autodesk ® Navisworks ® between model and providingthe list of important clashes between them(esp. between MEP and structure);6. Matching the real world clashes captured in job-site during construction and by thosedetected in the software;7. Determining the cost range of solvingclashes by performing interviews with 7experts in construction projects. Right now, all the above mentionedsteps have been taken. By gatheringdata from those interviews, theresearch has shown the range ofcosts that could be saved in case theclashes were detected before gettinginto the job-site.The calculations showed that theestimation for the cost of those 10clashes ranges between $12,000 to$62,500.For the selected project which hadthe total budget of $4.2M this rangein almost equal to 0.3% up to 1.5%of the total project cost, which isonly based on 10 clashes.This result shows the importance ofusing BIM (even only clashdetection) in small size projects Visiting the Job SiteTaking Photos from the ProjectReceiving Arch. & Structural 3D Model and MEP Drawings Creating 3D MEP Model from the Drawings Finding MEP Clashes with Arch. and Structural ModelsMatching Them with Actual ClashesPreparing and Conducting InterviewsAnalyzing Data and Getting the ConclusionCommunicating the Results Wrapping up the Research
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