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BIM Vs CAD workflow : Why BIM Improves the way we work on a Construction Project ?

BIM Vs CAD workflow : Why BIM Improves the way we work on a Construction Project ?

As mentioned in our last post where we’ve talked about what is Building Information Modeling and what is its Benefits and the Challenges that we can face in the BIM Implementation journey today we are going to talk about what is the difference between the BIM workflow Vs the CAD workflow and why the BIM itself improves the way we can work in a construction project from the planning and design phase to the construction phase.

BIM workflow Vs CAD workflow : Why BIM Improves the way we work on a Construction Project ?

CAD Workflow

Let’s begin first by talking about what is the CAD workflow and how Engineer Architects and Contractors used to work in their construction project with the old methods.

1. Design

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Design is the first phase that we should talk about when we have a construction project in our hands, and this phase, like the other phases of a construction project, is so important where it required highly skilled Architects and Engineers to ensure the best study and design of our project.We have several design offices and firms that still provide technical documentation and building studies using software like AutoCAD and MicroStation. And when we say CAD we are talking about computer-aided design which is nothing but growing and drawing 2D plans and blueprints including sections, elevations, structural plans, architectural plans, ceiling plans, etc, but in a digital form using machines and computers.2. Information and data exchange

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In the past, data related to a construction project like scans, drawings photographs, reports, letters, and blueprints used to be stored in a local disk if they are digital versions of documents or on desks or archived in offices if they are printed documents, which it will make it hard for anyone who is trying to find information related to an old project especially when the firm or the study office have a lot of data to archive.
3. Clash avoidance and detection

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The clash avoidance, during a construction project and the study phase, was not easy in the past because engineers had problems placing multi-disciplinary plans on each other to detect the clashes between two different disciplines ( Structural Vs MEP, Structural Vs Architecture ), which will cause several problems during the construction phase in a construction project. that’s a kind of difference between BIM Vs CAD.

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4. Collaboration and Communication

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In the traditional design methods of a construction project Designers, Engineers and Architects used to find it hard to communicate between them and with the stakeholders especially to discuss the plans that they are making and it takes a lot of time to have the best decision when we have issues and many alternatives to discuss during our project.

5. Extracting Data like Schedule and Quantities

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Planning and quantities extracting with 2D plans was a dilemma for contractors and planners where it needs highly skilled and quantity specialists because making errors in this phase will cost a lot for contractors that’s why they should choose carefully the person in charge of this mission and task.

BIM Workflow

as mentioned in the last post, BIM is the digital process of creating and managing information and Data in a construction project and we can say also that BIM is the migration from the old 2D drawings and the classic work process to a 3D model that can get even to 8D nowadays.

1. Design

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Designing with BIM Models is using an intelligent 3D model that contains all the data that we’ll need during our project in a collaborative way that enable us as Architects and Engineers to work simultaneously on the same centralised file that generates the federated model using software like Autodesk Revit which will make us save a lot of time comparing to CAD and have more details to illustrate in the 3D model than viewing it on a 2D plans and drawings.

2. Information and data exchange

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As we said earlier the I in BIM represents Information which the data that we need during our project, and in BIM the exchange of these data became very easy with a simple click you can access whatever 3D model you can using software like BIM360 from Autodesk which is a CDE (Common Data Environment) that enables us to send and receive all the information related to the project efficiently and quickly. that’s a kind of difference between BIM Vs CAD.

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3. Clash avoidance and detection

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Clash Detection in BIM is a process of checking collisions (also known as clashes) and interference to ensure that our 3D model flaws are corrected and compliant with the building standards and codes. This process is performed in Revit as well as Navisworks from Autodesk or Solibri, BIMsync, BIMtrack, or BIMCollab also, and it enables us to avoid having problems during the construction phase on-site.

4. Collaboration and Communication

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To ensure efficient 3D modeling and coordination in our model, we need to invest in collaboration and communication first because it engages all the stakeholders and partners in the project and it enhances the percentage of success of the project. that’s another kind of difference between BIM Vs CAD.
In fact, in BIM there are many software that enables us to do so, like BIM360, Plannerly Which is a BIM Management software, and besides the software, we need to have highly skilled and engaged partners who are able to participate in the implementation of BIM in the project.

5. Extracting Data like Schedule and Quantities

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Comparing to CAD workflow, extracting quantities and schedules in BIM workflow is like a piece of cake because it’s generated automatically and it has more and better precisions than the old way, thanks to software like Revit, Navisworks, and ArchiCAD that make this task easier thank how it was.

To Summarize, Softwares like Revit is not BIM. but these softwares were designed for BIM, but it does not accomplish every aspect of BIM.

However, when using Revit to create 3D building models, you can easily export the model to other programs to produce higher-quality renderings, make analyses, coordinate with other disciplines, create parts and families, and so on. But when using CAD, many of these options are not available. So, the fact of BIM Integration and Implementation is much greater than CAD.
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