BIM or Building Information Model is the digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics of a construction project. It is a crucial source of information that helps the stakeholders monitor the project effectively and take the right decisions regarding the project.
Although you might see BIM being referred to as a competitor of CAD, it is in reality an extension of CAD that incorporated many of its capabilities.
What Is 4D BIM?
4D BIM, the fourth dimension of BIM adds the time element to the planning of a construction project. The addition of the time element to the planning will help the stakeholders evaluate the time it will take for the completion of the project and how the components will evolve.
What Are The Benefits Of 4D BIM?
Here are the benefits of BIM 4D modeling.
- Better coordination among all involved in the project.
- Better site planning
- Better planning of all stages of construction
- Enhanced safety
What Is 4D BIM Scheduling?
4D BIM modeling is a better alternative to conventional 4D scheduling techniques. 4D BIM scheduling helps your organization in the following ways.
Hassle-Free Scheduling Of Construction
4D BIM generates information about schedules of building products. 4D BIM uses time-related information including construction time, lead time, installation time, and allowances for mixing and drying period.
The scheduling data can be easily converted into a graphical design. This makes it easy to compare the scheduled plan with the actual plan.
Optimized Utilization Of Resources
Adequately planned data represented graphically facilitates better planning of available resources. This improves the ease of meeting deadlines and efficiency of operations.
4D BIM Scheduling Vs Traditional Scheduling
A comparison of the features of 4D BIM scheduling against that of traditional scheduling will give you better insights into why 4D BIM is preferred to traditional scheduling.
Traditional scheduling is a 2D schedule with a representation in bar chart format while 4D scheduling links your schedule to the 3D model of the construction project. Decision-making takes much less time with 4D BIM scheduling than with traditional scheduling. 4D BIM makes visualization of problems and suggestion of solutions easier.
In case any dispute arises between the stakeholders, resolving it is simpler when you have a 4D BIM model in place.
Lack of visualization is the major limitation of traditional scheduling and that is easily surpassed with 4D BIM scheduling.