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The AEC Industry and BIM

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is no longer a relatively new process of generating and managing building data to increase efficiency and yield better structures. It is quickly becoming an industry standard and is here to stay.

Over the last ten years, the Architect, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry has been working to integrate BIM technology into the process of construction. The integration of BIM is slowly eliminating many of the impediments that slow the building process. Companies that have embraced the technology are already reaping the rewards.  Older methods that create the biggest roadblocks on the jobsite are being revised and eliminated.  The information that the utilization of BIM provides is significantly more accurate and in-depth. The advent of BIM integrates the entire design and construction team creating a better series of checks and balances and thereby reducing litigious concerns for all members of the team.

In the past, the designer and the builder were more closely tied, often one in the same. Building projects took decades, even lifetimes. Over time, strict divisions of design and construction developed and risk transfer became as important as quality and service in the building industry.

Eventually the AEC industry began creating simple boxes out of rectangular components defined by these divisions. Complexity became too risky. The structure was made of steel and bolted in straight lines by one division of labor. The facades are attached to the structure by yet another and so on and so forth. Dignified guilds with apprenticeships have all but disappeared and been replaced by semi-skilled workers, with less passion and expertise in what they were producing.

Today, the connection between designer and builder is healing through BIM and the design-build delivery method. The ability to model the project and then use that model to manufacture components before delivery to the jobsite is not only introducing art back into process, but it is also cutting costs and time during the building process.

The importance of cost cutting, and accelerated schedules as a function of cost cutting, are certainly here to stay. As a result those in the AEC industry must strive to replace the passion for design without eliminating the cost reductions that have accompanied changes to the industry for the past several decades.

Another change to the AEC industry has occurred, primarily in the past 100 years, and that is the need for architects, engineers, and contractors to travel to jobsites. If you are in the AEC industry then you need every competitive edge you can find. Without a workforce lodging partner like CLC Lodging you are over spending on your hotel expenses. Businesses in the AEC industry that use CLC Lodging regularly save 20-40% off of the Lowest Published Rate at hotels all across the nation. Only CLC clients are eligible for the deeply discounted rates.

Your company will save time and money with the online account that tracks your company’s lodging invoices, an online directory showing more than 10,000 hotels where the card is accepted, and a Lowest Rate Guarantee.

Interested in seeing how your company could benefit from CLC Lodging’s hotel management program? Request more information today.

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