Currently, large construction and manufacturing companies all over the world are researching and investing heavily in a new 3D modeling software, building information modeling (BIM).  Building information modeling is an incredibly robust software capable of utilizing laser scanned representations of all elements in a building to create a rendering with greater detail and information than previously possible.

The level of sophistication in these renderings is predicted to revolutionize the way that buildings are created and maintained (Click To Tweet).  Implementation of this system is also expected to create a significant competitive advantage to companies that utilize BIM features.  Supplementally, the use of this software will have residual effects in the supply chain.

How BIM is Changing Manufacturing & Construction Now

BIM is able to catalog all elements within a building digitally and update them as the project is built within the program.  This is important because it will greatly increase the accuracy and information pertaining to the rendered structure and all elements within that it.  

A building equipped with BIM can provide larger information sets about the internal and external elements of the building.  These information sets share detailed qualitative data regarding specific aspects of the structure that have the potential to fail, when the predicted fail date would be, and can recommend the part(s) that should to be replaced or repaired.  This will ultimately benefit businesses in the hospitality industry greatly by improving operational efficiency and guest satisfaction

Predictions with such accuracy are made possible by the structure and its elements being laser scanned into the BIM project file. The information from these laser scans provides details down about 1-2 millimeters about the structure or its elements.  This level of detail allows for exact fixtures or building elements to be fabricated prior to their failure.

Information of this specificity provides manufacturers with valuable data regarding the status of their product after installation, and will enable them to act with greater intelligence when responding to any problem that may arise.  Similarly, supply chain management companies will be able to react much quicker, with greater accuracy and efficiency.

Why Maintaining Buildings Will Be Easier

If a building management system (BMS) is paired with BIM, the amount information available more than doubles.  A BMS can be defined as such according to TechTarget:

A very basic BMS consists of software, a server with a database and smartsensors connected to an Internet-capable network. Smart sensors around the building gather data and send it to the BMS, where it is stored in a database. If a sensor reports data that falls outside pre-defined conditions, the BMS will trigger an alarm.

Therefore, maintaining a structure with integrated BIM and BMS softwares can provide exact specifications for all elements internal and external to a building.  This further enables prediction regarding the status of a building and its elements, and has the capability to inform technicians, suppliers, and builders of potential problems before they become detrimental to the integrity of the structure or its surrounding elements.

Yet another aspect that can provide useful information about a building and its elements are smart objects and the internet of things (IOT).  As time passes, the information provided by BIM and BMS combined with smart objects and the IOT will provide highly accurate information regarding the overall health of a building and the predicted maintenance that can be expected (read more about the IOT in a previous blog).  Ultimately, this combination of softwares will have equal value to the supply chain due to the increased accuracy of information which will allow for more efficient orders and shipping methods.

The Cloud, Sharing Information, and Increased Efficiency

One of the most useful aspects of BIM is the ability for multiple people to have access to a project file.  This is made possible by BIM software being saved to the cloud.  However, the most exciting part of the cloud based application is the ability of product manufacturers to upload laser scanned images of their products to the cloud based BIM server.  This function will allow contractors and architects to have access to exact specifications, price-points, and expected maintenance when creating a digital rendering of a structure and its elements (Click to Tweet).

It is clear that widespread use of BIM would increase efficiency for contractors, architects, and engineers, but the additional benefits that will affect the supply chain cannot be underestimated.  Improved transparency, communication, manufacturing methods, and accuracy of information will all lead to greater efficiency in the supply chain.  

If a business in the hospitality industry that utilizes BIM partners with a hospitality logistics company, it will see a series of improvements in its supply chain (Click to Tweet).  Such as, an increase in information pertaining to the overall health and status of a building will increase the speed of fulfillment for replacement parts or repairs to their building.

Conclusion

Use of improved technology in the hospitality, supply chain, manufacturing, and construction industries is creating improved communication and collaboration between these business sectors.  These improvements have lead to increasingly accurate and in-depth information that is able to be shared between businesses in these industries.  Consequently, this will allow for enhanced decision making, and will raise the standards of business operations and consumer satisfaction.

 

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