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IPD

Building Information Modeling (BIM) & Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)

Building Information Modeling, or BIM for short, is the creation and use of coordinated and computable information about a construction project during and beyond the design and build phase.

The use of BIM is the backbone of new construction methods such as Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC).

 

BIM and IPD afford manufacturers, designers and integrators advantages in design efficiency and quality control. A single, connected model improves communication within the design and construction teams and the parametric elements of the model create a robust database. The building owner and facility manager can utilize the data within the model during the occupation of the building. Harvesting the information in that database can help everyone be more efficient and also create new opportunities for revenue expansion. Modeling, instead of drawing, is the new paradigm, fostering new cooperation, innovation and building life-cycle savings.

Some  Elements of IPD

  • 3D Design – 3D visualizations allow customers to see site context with respect to the new project. They also allow for 3D clash detection  to reduce RFIs, errors and omissions
  • 4D Design – Adds the next dimension to project phasing and construction sequencing.  4D modeling is the integration of a 3D (or BIM) model with a construction schedule in order to visualize the sequence of construction. 4D models can be created to various levels of detail, from high-level zone analysis during the design phase, to detailed subcontractor coordination during construction. An example of 4D  is you  would be notified that you cannot schedule installation of cable tie-lines until after the delayed cable trays have been installed
  • 5D Design -   Automated Quantity Take-Offs and cost estimating, including the relationships between quantities, costs and locations.