Building Information Modeling: A Process to Mitigate Risk, Improve Project Delivery, and integrate Sustainability into Semiconductor Facilities
(Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ)
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is an approach gaining traction in the architect, engineer and construction (AEC) industry. BIM combines the ability to construct a virtual model with all aspects of a facility, from design (space planning) to construction (cost and scheduling) to operations and maintenance (planning and asset management). BIM is also a process as well as a project. Even though the technology for implementation of BIM will change, and probably change rapidly, the process and underlying concepts will likely change very little. BIM directly relates to a project team’s ability for Visualization, Understanding, Communication, and Collaboration: Visualization to “see” the project, Understanding to know the project elements, Communications to ensure the understanding, and Collaboration to receive all the necessary input at the proper time. BIM requires openness amongst the team players for sharing information supporting the goals of the project. Building Information Modeling (BIM) has become a valuable tool in many sectors of the capital facilities industry. The fundamental characteristic of BIM is its development through an information feedback loop. The development of the visual model and the relevant project information is iterative in nature as different project team members develop the project. During the course of a project, the information gradually increases in scope, depth, and relationship to the project. This presentation will focus on the benefits of BIM and how this process can be used to mitigate risk and improve project delivery for both new facilities and upgrades, introduce sustainability efforts and determine impacts during both construction and operations. The reduction of risk and value-added sustainability comes through improved understanding, coordination, and material use in the management of the project as well as reduced conflicts, waste, and cost. We will introduce the concept of Intelligent Tool Models and Intelligent Fab Models.