BIM and the Indian Infrastructure

BIM helps increase efficiencies in construction projects and speed up the construction process and work. With an ambitious goal to provide housing to all, the Government is aiming at an accelerated growth in the development of infrastructure across various States. 

BIM and the Indian Infrastructure
BIM and the Indian Infrastructure

BIM and the Indian Infrastructure

India is rapidly industrialising, and the growth of infrastructure has accelerated at an unmatched rate. The Government of India Intends to increase the development and speed of infrastructure and housing projects- the Government is now planning to deploy Building Information Modelling (BIM) in its projects across spectrums and industries.

BIM helps increase efficiencies in construction projects and speed up the construction process and work. With an ambitious goal to provide housing to all, the Government is aiming at an accelerated growth in the development of infrastructure across various States. 

The use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in this infrastructure development and these construction projects has also been projected to reduce and optimise the costs of these projects- both ongoing and upcoming. 

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The use of BIM has been known to increase efficiencies, reduce the turnaround time, and help scale and complete infrastructure projects in a timely and cost-effective manner. These housing projects by the Indian Government have already incurred almost 4 lakh crores as overrun costs as per the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. The study also reported that more than 500 projects had a timeline escalation as well, which implies the project is either not yet completed in its defined timeline or was completed in a time more than it was initially allocated.

The use of BIM in Indian infrastructure development is said to reduce the costs by almost 20% of the total project costs. This would either be achieved through better planning or reduction in turnaround time for project completion.

Niti Aayog, India’s policy think tank has been impressed with BIM and has urged other ministries to integrate it into their projects as well. 

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BIM as technology extends the tradition 3-D model approach and converts it into a much more holistic model through time and cost becoming the fourth and fifth dimension.

With the integration of BIM into Indian infrastructure projects, the minute costs and deviations can also be analysed and predicted. An official from Niti Aayog was quoted saying, “The modelling further enhances the visualisation of the design for the stakeholders to understand what the project will look like”. 

Apart from the integration of BIM for housing projects, Niti Aayog is also planning to implement the use of new-age technologies in other projects such as infrastructure development, roads and highways construction, and airport and metro projects.

Smart cities like Pune are already using these technologies to develop and build a solid framework and foundation combined with infrastructure and technology.

While the Government is ambitious and lofty in its goals, it needs to increase the speed of technology adoption and integration in its projects. Sunil MK, the head of architecture, engineering and construction at Autodesk India, told ET, “The usage of BIM in large infrastructural projects will enable better efficiency, lower costs and less negative impact on the environment. BIM helps in simulating conditions and can fixing problems beforehand.”

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