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BIM Implementation - Case studies

Updated: Mar 10

This post describes how BIM has been succesfully implemented for the construction and maintenance of private and public sector buildings.

1. Hilton Atlanta Aquarium,Atlanta


The Hilton Atlanta near the Georgia Aquarium was constructed by Holder Construction with the use of BIM. The total #investment was $46 million, with the cost of BIM implementation constituting $90,000, or 0.2 per cent, of that investment.



Building Information Modeling for Hilton Aquarium, Atlanta. Image: Holder Construction, GA Orlando, FL

Holder Construction developed architectural, structural and mechanical #digital models that were used to identify and predict 590 clashes before construction began. This analysis, in combination with outstanding cooperation between architects, engineers and contractors during the design phase, resulted in the successful implementation of BIM with overall savings of around $600,000 and 1143 work-hours. The 3D models were used to communicate with the owners and also in early decision-making, with substantial benefits for the construction phase. Finally, the documentation of the building and its correspondence to an accurate digital model provided a valuable database for building maintenance.

2. Leeds Arena, West Yorkshire


The Leeds Arena in West Yorkshire was also designed using BIM #technology. The stadium was completed in 2013 with a total investment of £60 million. The use of BIM clash detection reduced the total cost by £350,000 pounds and saved 15,000 work-hours during the design and construction process. In addition, BIM facilitated the cooperation of all stakeholders, the organization of the construction site and a marked reduction in the design time.



Leeds Arena,UK

3. GSA public sector buildings


BIM was adopted by the GSA in relation to the #public-sector #buildings it manages. This is a very good example of how BIM can transform the efficacy of a complex public organization. In this case, BIM provided solutions to a number of internal bureaucracy issues, organizational needs, and operational and communication issues that corresponded to a saving of $650 million in construction works. The National 3D-4D BIM Program was launched in 2003 by means of a pilot programme and research related to the application of BIM.



The use of laser for the 3D recording provided the real time information of the actual and digital building Left: The “real” building, Middle: point cloud date, Right: ΒΙΜ model

The #programme relates to both new and existing buildings and includes a range of BIM guides for the design, construction and management of buildings. In addition, the GSA utilises 3D laser techniques to measure the dimensions of existing buildings. It has researched and tested the ways in which BIM relates to 3D laser technologies and has established guidelines describing its methods and best practices. The GSA reports that the overall time and cost saving affected by means of the pilot project was able to fund the pilot programme itself in its first year of operation.


Panagiotidou Nicoleta, BIM specialist for Breakwithanarchitect

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