Building Information Modeling (BIM)

The Future of Construction

BIM Model: BIM helps avoid any clashes that may occur in the construction of a complex mechanical, electrical or plumbing system intersection

While Messer accepts the formula by which owners evaluate our company – cost, quality, safety and performance – we also strive to raise the bar by adopting and continuing to pursue Lean practices towards a value-driven approach to a building. One way we do this is through the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology.

BIM is an advanced method for creating a virtual representation, a working digital model of the physical and functional characteristics of a facility. As a shared information database, BIM can be considered an interactive blueprint with the capacity to shape a facility from the ground up and from the inside out, floor by floor, system by system. These interactive blue-prints are turned over to the owner at the end of every project, acting as an easy to-use model for maintenance and future construction.

Messer has put in place more than $1 billion worth of projects using virtual construction technology. We have been recognized nationally and locally as a leader in technology for our company-wide BIM initiatives, and we have established an in-house virtual construction department that is led by a proven builder with more than 20 years of construction experience.

Studies have shown 30% of the waste generated in construction is the result of miscommunication or poor information. By using BIM, this waste can be avoided, and the project team can focus on building, rather than paperwork. Likewise, BIM saves owners time, money and frustration.

Some examples of waste BIM helps to avoid are:

  • Rework due to discovered errors in the design process after work has started
  • Travel time for construction teams to pick up or drop off plans
  • Moving materials from one staging area to another, or materials staged too far in advance
  • People waiting for equipment, plans, or instructions on how to proceed
  • Redundant or unnecessary reporting, or expediting material orders

Final view of coordinated systemsWith the digital model, construction teams know exactly what tools they will need, how much of a particular material to order and when to have the material delivered. Most problems are caught before construction, but in case a problem occurs during construction, it can be resolved through the digital model without waiting for a bulletin and new drawings to be issued, shipped and delivered.

BIM is a progressive lean construction process and provides a real-time collaboration engine for all stakeholders involved in a facility’s life cycle. Through the fusion of BIM, Lean Construction tools and the structure of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), Messer can reduce inefficiencies, eliminating waste.

To learn more about the entire BIM process, visit bim.messer.com.