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“BIM” and Its Impact on Construction Projects in the USA

🇺🇸 United States of America.


Building information modeling (BIM) is a process involving the generation and management of digital representations of the physical and functional characteristics of places. BIM is supported by various tools, technologies, and contracts. Building information models (BIMs) are computer files that can be extracted, exchanged, or networked to support decision-making regarding a built asset. BIM software is used by individuals, businesses, and government agencies who plan, design, construct, operate, and maintain buildings and diverse physical infrastructures, such as water, refuse, electricity, gas, communication utilities, roads, railways, bridges, ports, and tunnels.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) has revolutionized the construction industry in the United States, as it has become a game-changer in the construction industry across the United States. The advancements in BIM technology have revolutionized project planning, design, and collaboration, leading to improved project outcomes, enhanced sustainability, and cost savings. As BIM adoption continues to grow, the future of construction in the USA looks promising with increased efficiency, reduced risks, and enhanced communication among project stakeholders.

BIM, initially, saw slow growth in the USA, Over time, BIM began to be accepted as a standard, and momentum gathered for government bodies to implement mandates for its use. Today, BIM is maximizing its impact in the USA. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2020 Firm Survey Report states that 100% of large-sized architecture firms and nearly 33% of small-sized firms are using BIM.

Examples of BIM projects in the USA:

  1. Oakland International Airport: Location California, United States. This facility spans an area of 8,300 square feet and was to house an extremely intricate network of electrical, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.

  2. Silver Oak Winery: Location: California, United States. Ten years after a fire severely damaged Silver Oak Cellars winery in California’s Napa Valley in 2006, the winemakers decided to rebuild and rethink their business. The family built another winery, which went on to achieve LEED Platinum certification.

  3. St Louis Aquarium: St. Louis, Missouri, United States. is an excellent example of a BIM project in the USA. The structure is a part of a former train station and National Historic Landmark that has been converted to become a mixed-use entertainment destination. The two-storey aquarium is housed in the facility’s retail hall and spans an area of 11,000 square meters. The Aquarium is home to about 13,000+ sea animals.

  4. Emerson College Los Angeles Center; Location: Los Angeles, United States. Emerson College brings student housing, instructional facilities, and administrative offices to one location. The 10-story frame-like design stands tall as a welcoming sculptural space in Los Angeles. It accommodates 220 students, event spaces, mixing studios, and loads more on an area of 11,000 square meters.

  5. Good Samaritan Hospital Expansion: Suffern, New York, United States. The design firm used BIM software Revit and Civil 3D. This project utilized integrated project delivery (IPD) and collaborative LEAN principles for optimizing the design and minimizing construction costs.

  6. New Orleans International Airport: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. New Orleans International Airport consists of two Buildings – a terminal (3 floors spread over five zones) and a concourse (2 floors spread over six zones). Pinnacle Infotech was responsible for creating the BIM models for the project. These models helped with 3D coordination, clash mitigation, quantity take-offs, visualization, and 4D capabilities for scheduling, phasing, sequencing, and digital mock-ups.

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