If you ever wonder what goes into the making of some of the tallest buildings in the world. One shall realise the enormous amount of precision and patience it takes to create these massive mad-made marvels. From Melbourne’s Eureka Towers to the Luxury Villas in Dubai, from the N3 national highway connecting the two major cities of Johannesburg and Durban to Hong Kong’s public housing projects, they all have one common factor that binds them together—mainly the usage of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology.
To elaborate it further, BIM as a process involves producing and managing digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. Moreover, the said technology has been a major breakthrough for companies globally. Adding to its merits are factors like—its success in keeping up with the novel concept of sustainable development, optimum utilisation of resources, successful information management tool that has helped organisations to avoid any formidable crisis during the design planning and execution stage . In India particularly the BIM software, also known as VDC (Virtual Design and Construction) is among the sort after technologies that has gained momentum due to its ability to generate commendable results without compromising on the quality aspect of the desired work.
Though the usage of BIM technology is at a nascent stage, the technology brings a completely new gamut of positive prospects to the Indian Infrastructure and Construction Industry. The technology enables complex designs, shapes and calculations that were not possible with two dimensional and conventional drawings. It allows engineers to break through the cliche of designing and gives way to abstract and unconventional structures.
Moreover, the technology allows infrastructure entities to make real time adjustments, and thus saves valuable production time, resources and improves productivity. On the Indian front, the future looks very promising when it comes to working with the BIM software. Indian companies are successful in integrating this latest development in the construction entity. Today Indian companies lead the global race in providing information modeling services to companies worldwide.
The growing popularity of BIM is visible through its successful adoption for planning an international airfield in India. In a bid to streamline Mumbai’s aviation traffic, recently the Indian government took a strategic decision of building a new international airport at Navi Mumbai. The proposed decision faced major challenges particularly concerning the design and planning of the airport. Moreover, the planned airport was to be built on a low-lying area in an ecologically fragile zone.
This herculean task was a challenge for the engineers, the planning committee and the various construction bodies associated with the project.
The team working on the projects used a similar software that supported Building Information Modeling (BIM), and thus gave the engineers the liberty to make amendments when required.
Uttam Shekhar from Louis BergerBSE -0.17 % who worked on the project planning confides, “Working within the parameters of such a complex project, it was crucial for us to provide real-time information and analysis based on often changing variables. We needed a robust visualization tool that would allow us to provide and present design solutions on the spot.”
The airport’s first phase will be operational by the year 2015, while the completion of all four phases of the airport is expected to be operational by 2030.
(Uttam Shekhar is senior designer at Louis Berger, and used AutoCad Civil 3D for planning the engineering design and documentation of the Navi Mumbai International Airport.)