What is Construction Information Modeling?
CIM is the acronym for Construction Information Modeling. Lately, this concept is becoming more present in the AEC industry. It shares a lot of connections with BIM but it focuses more on civil engineering than on architecture design.
Implementing 3D modeling in an architecture project or development is a trend that started quite a while ago. Moving from 2D drawings to 3D models and the possibility to perform structural, energy and budget analysis on models is a bold move that allows architecture studios and firms to capture reality, maintain control, improve collaboration, have a better presentation. But above all, it reduces the margin of error, which is a key factor in construction project management.
If you are in the AEC industry you are certainly familiar with BIM. If not, you should probably contact us to help you enhance your projects and optimize your budget by BIM methodology implementation.
But as BIM gained popularity, it expanded out from the architecture sphere and reached out to the civil/infrastructure industry. Civil engineers re-shaped the BIM concept converting it into CIM.
But, what has CIM has to do with the construction process? What does CIM mean? CIM is the acronym for Construction Information Modeling. Lately, this concept is becoming more present in the AEC industry. It shares a lot of connections with BIM but it focuses more on civil engineering than on architecture design.
The Mikusa Tunnel in Japan was a great CIM experience.
CIM is a relatively new workflow but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been already applied in some projects. This methodology was first implemented in Japan and there it is being implemented more than in any other part of the world. And Japan is exactly where the example we are going to go into takes place.
This successful case of CIM methodology applied to the construction process was the Mikusa Tunnel project. It was the first one to use CIM as part of the entire building process.
In this tunnel construction, CIM was responsible of improving the flow of information on the ground and helped them to anticipate what kind of rock or earth they had to excavate and it allowed them to realize a 35 percent increase in construction-management efficiency.
The corporation in charge of the project stated that once the industry experiences how this methodology makes the work easier, they will all want to adopt it.
That is the reason why Construction Information Modeling is now more than just a trend and it a methodology that is far from being futuristic or impossible to execute.
Here at CorbisStudio, we are on initial stages to implement this methodology in order to apply it to the projects we partner all around the world. It would allow us to improve our performance and achieve better results while saving time over their course.