While customer demand is currently the biggest factor motivating precasters to adopt BIM, producers such as Coreslab are part of a growing group that recognize its benefits. “The ability to create 3D drawings is insufficient justification for implementing BIM,” says Roger Becker, managing director of research and development for the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. “A precast producer’s investment in BIM can only be justified by achieving process improvements that will become available with better data and data management.”

These improvements include:

  • reduced defects
  • minimization of data re-entry
  • cost tracking
  • quality tracking
  • piece tracking
  • electronic data for hardware fabrication, rebar fabrication, and batch plant operation
The Kalasatama Fiskari and Fregatti residential buildings in Finland took the prize for Teklas 2013 Best Precast Project. The BIM model includes piled foundations, detailed and reinforced concrete elements, load-bearing structures, and thermal insulation and brickwork.

The Kalasatama Fiskari and Fregatti residential buildings in Finland took the prize for Tekla’s 2013 Best Precast Project. The BIM model includes piled foundations, detailed and reinforced concrete elements, load-bearing structures, and thermal insulation and brickwork.

Credit: Tekla Inc.