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Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. A BIM is a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle; defined as existing from earliest conception to demolition.
BIM allows all players involved in the life-cycle of a project to incorporate information (on design, specifications, etc.), make simulations (of construction, changes, power consumption…), prevent loss of information or facilitate repairs and maintenance. Focusing on the construction stage BIM helps minimize stocks and waste, control costs, coordinate works and allow overlapping, optimize use of manpower and logistics and avoid reprocessing. In short, meeting deadlines and budgets. BIM seems the right platform to advance in the automation of construction.
Automation would bring many potential advantages to add to those of BIM as they reinforce one another:
Speed-up of construction. 3D printers and sufficiently optimized robots are faster than humans and can work 24×7, in dire conditions and without use of light. They neither get sick or tired, nor go on holidays. They do need maintenance, though and minimizing idle time will be fundamental.
Reliability. Because machines make fewer mistakes less rework is needed.
Replicability. Since tasks are performed always the same way, quality levels may be guaranteed. This reduces complaints, after-sales expenses and maintenance costs.
Scalability. Broader operating ranges will let machines meet changing requirements and work at different project sizes. Training doesn’t take time once a task has been properly programmed and tested. Easy reconfigurable hardware would allow execution of different tasks updating the machine programming.
Better control and monitoring of works, timing and costs (real-time control or control as you build). Generation of information for on-site or later review.
More flexibility. For example: last minute changes with immediate recalculation of timing, costs and prices.