Japan stadium project promotes BIM design workflow

A recent stadium project in Japan has cost millions of dollars despite never getting off the ground. Could building information modelling have helped?

A rather costly reminder of how projects can go wrong in the planning stage was observed recently in Japan. 

With all the tools modern architects and construction professionals can get their hands on, like Autodesk Building Design Suite and the new Revit Collaboration Suite, these types of project cost overruns are often avoidable. And yet, a stadium that was being designed for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo has had to be scrapped completely, costing millions of dollars despite never breaking ground. 

While the original design pioneered by architect Zaha Hadid was ambitious, that wasn't the main cause of the problem. After all, design processes should be able to make ambitious concepts into a reality. 

The issues arose when a discrepancy was found between the original cost estimates and the final projections, a problem that building information modelling workflow seeks to avoid. 

These workflow solutions are intended to ensure that design and contracting teams are always on the same page throughout the planning process. Ideally, projects should be able to move from the planning to the build phase with any and all complications already worked out. On top of this, cost should be a defining feature of the decision making process.

Although the story of this canceled stadium in Japan is an extreme example, it is a timely lesson of how valuable it is to ensure the design process is a collaborative one. There were exceptions to Mr Hadid's creation early in the project's development, but the concerns weren't taken into account.

The result? The Japanese government is likely to be picking up a bill for around US$50 million in contracting work without a single brick being laid. 

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