Building Information Modelling (BIM) is identified by many countries including Singapore as a key technology to improve productivity and increase the level of integration across various disciplines in the entire construction value chain. It is the main enabler for achieving Integrated Digital Delivery (IDD), one of the key thrusts in the Construction Industry Transformation Map (ITM) launched during the Singapore Construction and Productivity Week in October 2017.
So what exactly is BIM and its benefits which make many believe to be the main technology to transform the construction industry? What are the critical factors for the successful implementation of this technology?
Before BIM became common, designing buildings and other structures were dependent on 2D drawings. Various departments would have to pass these drawings back and forth between each other. A BIM tool allows users to generate and manage digital representations of characteristics and functions of building structures. In addition, BIM software provides information such as spatial relationships, light analysis, and geographic information.