How BIM Will Impact the Civil Design Process

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BIM: A Game Changer for Civil Design

The AEC industry is moving toward embracing a collaborative environment. It is crucial that owners, designers, engineers, and fabricators have simultaneous and real-time access to design models and project data.

AEC business leaders are advocating for Building Information Modeling (BIM) as the future of infrastructure projects worldwide.

Adopting BIM technologies into the civil design process will enable stakeholders to instantly collaborate with each other on an integrated design platform. BIM can provide for digital sharing and collaborating of models, instead of individually working from drawings.

As a result, BIM will increase efficiency and reduce time and cost, which is imperative due to the scope and pace of civil design projects coming from today’s emerging markets. With large infrastructural projects, BIM is a must.

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Without BIM, design changes can be crippling. Cross referencing and approval times drag down productivity and drastically increase construction time and costs. Departments struggle to work coherently with each other. Indexing the work becomes an extra process, thus slowing down the entire project timeline. Teams that depend on drawings, not an integrated BIM model, are unable to fully visualize a structure’s proper angle views due to the limitations of a drawing.

Fortunately, an integrated design platform can avoid these situations.

For AEC stakeholders, BIM is the future of the process.

Better Civil Infrastructure Outcomes Through Collaborative Processes

BIM provides visualization, shared information, and accommodates changes. For best results, identify a project suitable for process experimentation, then determine what value you want to get from a BIM tool set.

Significant BIM capabilities to consider include:

  • End-to-End Collaboration. Sharing with digital models is easier than with drawing sets, while also promoting collaboration of ideas. No team member is isolated as in the past. The project team also can now collaborate on cost and pricing as the design progresses, rather than work from one set budget and schedule.
  • 3D Visualization, instead of 2D drawings. Digital imagery captures reality using simulation tools in a shared model in a way that paper cannot capture. Accuracy is enhanced; rework and duplication of drawings across building disciplines is minimized.
  • Flexible Design Changes. A shared model like BIM can accommodate for changes in design during construction, which can be frequent. In the past, this was a very difficult process.
  • Integrated Data. The platform connects to fabrication and construction data. This promotes pre-fabrication and reduces waste.

As implemented by an integrated solution, BIM makes the civil design process easier—and improves the AEC industry as a whole. BIM can ensure a greater level of accuracy in civil infrastructure projects, improve efficiency and productivity, and save money and time.

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Collaborative, Efficient Design Processes with “Civil Design for Fabrication”

By Akio
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A Growing Global Infrastructure

As the global population continues to rise, worldwide spending on civil engineering projects is expected to grow. Emerging markets such as China, the Middle East, and Latin America will be looking to facilitate rapid increases in infrastructure projects quickly and cost-effectively.

To keep pace, civil engineering and infrastructure professionals will need to address industry challenges, such as managing costs and schedules, reducing waste, and improving efficiency.

One key reason for inefficiency in architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) infrastructure projects is fragmentation. An integrated, collaborative environment would eliminate fragmentation, address business challenges, achieve higher quality, and improve efficiency.

Civil Design for Fabrication does just that:

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Building Infrastructure through Collaboration

Civil Design for Fabrication provides collaborative access to design models and data. The solution creates an integrated Building Information Modeling (BIM) design platform that allows owners, designers, engineers, and fabricators to have simultaneous and real-time access to design models and project data.

Flexible Design Change

Civil Design for Fabrication enables the team to work in parallel, share data, and create a single-source mock-up. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform makes it easier to accommodate changes in design, such as from onsite construction dependency or a change in design direction at construction phase.

A template-based design method lets customers change the design quickly and easily. Users can work from a full civil engineering catalogue of reusable, adaptive 3D templates, or can create their own template for future use.

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Templates make it easier to accommodate changes in design, which can be frequent. Time is saved by importing prototypes from a list of components, which can be easily modified and instantly updated, ensuring consistency while reducing errors.

Large Model Handling

Infrastructure project planning and designing require holistic observation, since projects are connected between road tunnels, bridges and highways, and railways.

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Large BIM data like “true terrain” information is integrated into Civil Design for Fabrication, adding new geo location tools for more precise excavation calculations.

Design for Fabrication

The same platform of collaborative data is linked to fabrication data and to construction costs, quantities, specifications, and schedules. This will promote time-saving pre-fabrication, reduce rework, and cut waste.

Result: Efficient Infrastructure Projects

The outcome of using Civil Design for Fabrication will be integrated design, improved efficiency and productivity, faster delivery, and cost-effective design and construction.

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