What is the Role of BIM in Smart Cities

BIM is directly linked to the development of smart cities. This technology is essential to modern development as it allows building virtually before anything is set in stone physically, this allows room for study, research, and improvement before the project has even begun on the ground. 

What is the Role of BIM in Smart Cities
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What is the Role of BIM in Smart Cities

Today, every major country is integrating the Building Information Modelling in their development of infrastructure, giving rise to what we call “Smart Cities”. 

A smart city may be defined as an urban area that uses various technologies and electronic data-driven devices to manage, analyze, and use resources more effectively and efficiently. 

BIM for Smart Cities

BIM comes into picture when the development of a city requires integration and corroboration of resources so that there is uniformity in terms of information and knowledge amongst all stakeholders. It enables collaboration of various fields smoothly and helps in transitions between various teams without any knowledge leaks. 

Building Information Modelling is an advanced asset allocation system that ensures high-quality output, minimizes resource consumption, reduces the impact of development on the environment, and even helps in securing the future generations in terms of resources and their availability.

In simple terms with an example, this implies that the architecture team can easily pass on the baton to the plumbing team while building a skyscraper because all data since the beginning of the project was smoothly shared between both teams; here, the plumbing team is not seeing the layouts or the structure of the building for the first time- they had information and data all along. 

This technology is essential to modern development as it allows building virtually before anything is set in stone physically, this allows room for study, research, and improvement before the project has even begun on the ground. 

The development of smart cities is complex; there are systems and systems of interconnected data and information flowing every millisecond all day every day. There are multiple teams involved, such as construction, supervision, architectural, plumbing, and operations. 

How does BIM Help

BIM, like advanced technology, helps in reducing wastage and prevents unnecessary costs by providing smarter options and alternatives that are cost-effective and sometimes even improved over the man-made plans. 

It helps in ecological and sustainable development by building structures and buildings that make use of the most intelligent resources available. 

The main aim of BIM is to build Smart Cities that are well integrated in terms of transportation, communication, development, infrastructure, technology, and services at every level- be it household or at a macro City level. 

The USP that BIM has is that there is a standardized flow of information between parties involved throughout at each level of this development- enabling a much more precise and detailed project.

In the words of Lean Doody, “BIM is transforming, not only the way buildings are designed and constructed, but also how they are managed and developed in the light of changing customer needs. In so doing, BIM is changing relationships and business models across the whole value chain. Meanwhile, at the city level, the technology-enabled city is an untapped source of sustainable growth and represents a powerful approach for tackling unprecedented environmental and economic challenges. By unlocking technology, infrastructure, and public data, cities can open up new value chains, spawning innovative applications and information products that make sustainable modes of city living and working possible. The data delivered through BIM at a building level will be an important enabler of these new value chains.”

BIM is not just a technology. It is a way of life as it is helping build a future that is environmentally stable, optimized, and forward-looking. 

It is not building the future- it is the future.