August 20, 2018
DMCI Homes aims to maximize potential of BIM technology
Artist’s illustration of Fairlane Residences’ lounge pool. Fairlane Residences is the first DMCI Homes residential condominium project to use Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology.
Bolstering its reputation as a
game-changer in the Philippine real estate industry, DMCI Homes is investing in
Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology to further enhance the
aesthetics, quality and cost-efficiency of its product offerings.
The leading developer of resort-inspired
residential condominium projects started adopting the BIM technology last year
with the recently-launched Fairlane Residences in Pasig City as the first
project to use the said innovation.
“Our initiative for BIM adoption is
driven by our commitment to uphold the company’s culture of quality and
excellence and in providing best value for our customers,” disclosed DMCI Homes
Vice President for Design and Engineering Adrian Calimbas.
Initially called as virtual building,
BIM was first developed in Hungary in the early ‘80s. BIM is a process of
creating information models containing both graphical and non-graphical
information in a shared digital workspace containing a facility’s
specifications, quantities, and program.
It was only in 1992 that the term building information modeling was
In the traditional process of design and
construction, conflict in the building’s design, particularly in the
mechanical, electrical and plumbing aspects, often gets detected in the middle
of the project’s construction phase.
These clashes consequently affect the construction timeline, quality,
costs, and delivery of the project. But
with the use of BIM technology, Calimbas said that they can lessen, if not
eradicate errors in the design and construction, making it more cost-efficient
for the company.
“We aim to develop project models that
would create a seamless coordination of the project design, with clashes or
conflict being detected even prior to the start of the construction of the
project,” said Calimbas.
He added “And with this kind of
precision in details that can be produced with BIM, the adoption of the
technology is beneficial both to the company since it is cost-efficient and to
our customers as we can speed up our construction timeline and delivery without
affecting the quality of our projects.”
Artist’s illustration of Fairlane Residences’ entrance gate.
To maximize the full potential of BIM
technology, DMCI Homes created a team that would solely focus in developing design
models. To date, the real estate firm
has a total of 18 in-house trained BIM modelers for its upcoming projects.
Benneth Cancino, head of the BIM team of
DMCI Homes, revealed that aside from coordination and clash detection, they are
also working on the auto-generation of quantities of project models that would
speed up the traditional process of quantification works for estimation.
“One of the advantages of BIM technology
is you can create federated models (architectural, structural, MEPF or mechanical,
electrical, plumbing and fire protection) which can be accessed easily by
project team members either in a local servers or cloud workspace. In the future, we aim that time and costs be
embedded as well in the model so that we can generate the budget in a timely
manner and produce a design with improved constructability in order to deliver
the project in time and with quality,” disclosed Cancino.
With the company’s adoption of BIM
technology, DMCI Homes is all set to further improve the quality of its current
product offerings and stay true to its mission of providing the best possible
housing for the middle-income class, especially young families.
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