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4D BIM: A Boon For General Contractors

Tuesday , 5, January 2021 Comments Off on 4D BIM: A Boon For General Contractors

In the AEC industry, completing projects on time and at low cost is the only goal of general contractors in the UAE. Although the 3D Building Information Modeling (BIM) concept is widely acquired by contractors around the world, few are aware of the benefits of adding 4D planning to a BIM model.

In 4D modeling, BIM software applications such as Autodesk Revit BIM via are bidirectionally linked to project management applications to track project progress. Alternatively, a 3D BIM model created with Autodesk Revit is connected with the Autodesk Navisworks TimeLiner engine to create a 4D simulation of the design process and planned sequences.

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4D BIM, sometimes called simulation modeling, plays an important role in construction design, helping contractors and associated design teams evaluate the impact of design features on construction plans and workflows. However, it is also said that adding a fourth dimension to the timeline to a BIM 3D model can help subject-specific contractors and subcontractors involved in the project.

While 4D BIM modeling requires customizing a particular model that is closest to real-world conditions, the end result is more valuable. In addition, the contractor can test various “what if” scenarios and make improvements if necessary. In short, it can be said that the simulation of various construction processes according to the planned time frame enables the general contractors to make quick, efficient, and reasoned decisions. The advantages of decision making and the better predictability of 4D modeling lead to timely and cost-effective project implementation.