3 Things To Love About Electrical BIM

by | Jan 26, 2021 | All, Electrical

Instead of piles of drawings and paper for a building project, we are now able to make almost everything digital using building information modeling (BIM) software. Since BIM processes are digital, we can also automate them. All the information of a build is within the model, and it can show the past, present and future of a build. Multiple trades can use a model at once, which helps everyone stay on the same page. There are a lot of benefits of using BIM with a project, especially in the electrical trade. Following are three that we can all love.  

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1. Accuracy

There is a lot of room for human error when doing hand drafting. However, when modeling in 3D using Autodesk Revit, Navisworks, BIM 360, or one of the many other BIM software tools, the potential for errors is decreased. In the digital process, the computer does a lot of the work for you. One of the best features is that you can set filters on a view to show you when the model is missing information.

Information is key to knowing how to build something and build it accurately. A Revit plug-in like eVolve Electrical does modeling automatically based on standards you set. You can fully customize families and settings to make sure what you are placing is what the field will be building. All of the eVolve Electrical bend families are fully customizable for your shop and bender.

It is a pain for everyone when the field calls the office saying something is missing or wrong within a drawing. But when you’re able to collaborate in a model with all the trades, the model becomes the “perfect world” of how the project should be built in the field. Using the right software tools for BIM reduces those calls from the field, because all the information is easily and accurately populated and extracted from the model and put into the field workers’ hands.  

2. Time

The BIM process saves time for everyone in the building process. BIM allows for detailers to create drawings with a lot of detail and information. Computer software allows detailers to focus on the big picture of getting a drawing done. The computer can automate time consuming tasks and auto-populate information into the model. Workers in the field are able to install faster when they have drawings that show:

  • 3D images of the build;
  • floor plans with tags containing all elevations and IDs;

schedules that list out descriptions and counts.

Using software to extract point layout information from a model helps the field know exactly where to lay out elements like hanger locations instead of hand measuring them. Point layout for electrical contractors can speed up installation time and gives the field peace of mind when placing elements in a complex room layout.

When drawings are created on a computer, there are standards that can be implemented that take away the guesswork and time of figuring out how to perform a task. Tasks that might take all day manually can be cut in half, if not more, when information is provided digitally.


 3. Cost

Time is money. When BIM software enables people to do something more quickly, then companies that utilize BIM will save money.   

With accurate counts and descriptions, project schedules help buyers order exactly what’s needed, with less waste of materials on a job site.

BIM software helps people create accurate drawings and models, making information available when it’s needed. Employees can focus on completing tasks because they have all the information they need. People are not wasting time searching for information they need to do their job. In addition, tasks in the field only need to be completed once – less rework.

 As time goes by in the construction industry, contractors need to look to the future and decide what processes will be best for them going forward. Employing BIM can help them in more ways than can be shown on paper. There is a positive ripple effect in the whole building process.

Using Revit for BIM saves electrical contractors time and money. Companies using BIM know the final product is built accurately and in the most streamlined way possible – and that’s something to love. 

The eVolve Electrical Revit plug-in creates an easy-to-use Revit experience and produces the level of accuracy needed to efficiently fabricate and construct projects.

If you’re not yet using the specialized eVolve Electrical features for hangers, content, kitting, spooling, auto-route, and conduit bends, request a demo and find out what you’re missing.

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