Relevance of Integrating GIS and BIM in Construction Projects – Part 1

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The previous decades have witnessed the construction industry moving fast towards digitalization. Building Information Modelling aka BIM has gained acceptance and is slowly becoming an essential tool in all stages of construction projects. We are aware of the several benefits that BIM Modelling Services has to offer at various stages of the project.In a nutshell, it enables effective collaboration and coordination between different stakeholders, optimizes workflows, makes the same information available to all parties at the same time, which leads to a more informed decision-making process.

This article talks about how integrating GIS with BIM projects is beneficial for the construction industry.

Using GIS in a BIM project

The main objective of using BIM is to design and create buildings and infrastructure for a better tomorrow. When GIS is integrated with a BIM project, it creates a more holistic view of infrastructure by adding location intelligence to the construction model.

Facilitating Information exchange

GIS provides a real-world context of the existing environment of the infrastructure. Architects (who provide BIM Architectural Services) and engineers can use this real data to explore and evaluate the feasibility of design and construction. These accurate and information-rich models are then used to improve performance of buildings within a larger area. Thus, BIM and GIS help improve each other’s accuracy.

Understanding Real-World

Integration of GIS and BIM in a project enables the creation of a robust and precise context model wherein asset design data and its geographic location are added together to create a better understanding of how the infrastructure is placed with respect to real-world geography.

Improving Buildings

The past century has seen a steady growth of cities worldwide and the trend is here to stay. There is a need to create more resilient and sustainable buildings that can improve the quality index of the city. It is essential to facilitate a seamless information sharing process between GIS and BIM in order to improvise urban planning and management and minimize negative environmental, social and economic impacts of infrastructure investments.

Why fusing GIS and BIM?

It is estimated that by the year 2050, there will be a huge increase in the urban population. As per estimates it will swell by a whopping 75% to 6.3 billion from 3.6 billion in 2010. With this, the global construction output is expected to double by 2025; with most of the constructions happening in the urban area.1

It is imperative to keep pace, anticipate and prepare for these trends as this is vital to achieve success moving ahead. This calls for new approaches to all the things that we do; be it planning, designing, building or managing assets.

To be continued…


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