BIM and how it can be used for Blockchain Technology

BIM and how it can be used for Blockchain Technology

Blockchain technology manages the database that ensures secure exchanges and storage of information that is shared amongst all the members of a project. Information is uploaded in sequence and compiled into time-stamped blocks. All these blocks are then linked together, i.e. Creating Blockchain and share information on a peer basis to form the same database.

Without a database, the information linked through Blockchain can be changed. You can verify the block once it is created to know who made the changes and when. Today, the Blockchain technology is actively used for cryptocurrency transaction, which is Bitcoin, to understand how securely the currencies are stored and transferred.

BIM helps to make changes to a single and unified project model by all the project participants. With BIM collaboration with accurate information can be done for which a system needs to secure and track the revolution of the model and any other information uploaded in the system.

By using Blockchain and BIM Services, it can gather information, maintain, update archived with a reliable and transparent database in a project model. It can record every single change made to the model that could generate unblur lines within the model to make the information reliable and track it and increase accountability for the contributors if anything goes wrong.

How it is useful in BIM

Blockchain is mainly used for four reasons such as recording value exchange, administrating smart contracts, combining smart contracts to form a Decentralized Autonomous Organization and verifying of existing data that is securely backed up by digital identification.

Smart Contracts are computerized programme that works on the if/then tactics. These contracts are administered. For instance, if the MEP engineers put in place the electrical wire, plumbing pipes and HVAC systems, then the inspectors would check, and if done right they would get paid for the installations done. Smart Contracts can be used and linked to Blockchain with multiple servers around the world that not lets you replicate the data.

Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) is created by a group of smart contracts that are run by regulation encrypted on a computer using document stored as smart contracts. Due to advanced technology complied with building core systems, DAO cannot be set up at the beginning of the project to the construction phase.

Building’s DAO can be set up by Blockchain integrated with Building maintenance systems for placing a new order for the new light fitting, delivery accepted, Project can be supervised and governed on the use of Blockchain technology.

Approvals can be recorded in the pre-construction phase and post-construction phase for the building issues to be resolved.

Digital IDs are created by Certification of Identity, which allows people to share information regulated by the authorizing body. All the identities can be recorded in the Blockchain and used for building a reputation for work or contract over time.

Blockchain and BIM will also help in boosting the project delivery and payment of the construction professionals once the work is completed. It also allows the project participants to work collaboratively in the same model of the project at the same time. In this way, the work will be understood and how to furnish the work will be known so that all can tackle issues emerging at the same time. The project will have a higher standard of work being produced and attain greater transparency in the project.

Another benefit that Blockchain technology would give is keeping all the data and documents linked with Blockchain. So the information flow is visible and reliable to all involved in the communication of a project. Supply chain, when integrated with Blockchain, can make the material be able to get traced physical items from their origin to current status. It provides great help to supply chain management in the form of material management and dealing with supplying material and its information to all.


Blockchain and BIM technology when combined can create a modest acquirement method which engages the individual who makes up the project teams.  This helps in reducing costs by removing third parties, where the full control will lay by the client and the costs too, along with the scope and time of the project.

Blockchain could make the paperwork easier and fast processed through smart contracts. Through smart contract, the contractor can easily and automatically get paid on work completed without submission or invoicing.

Blockchain in the coming future will bring immersive value while it introduces automation and reduces admin, financial processes and initiate proper documentation of smart contracts in the construction industry.

Written By:
Divya Dave
Divya Dave is a Senior Manager with Tesla Outsourcing Services. An engineer and management graduate, she has been working with the outsourcing industry now for more than a decade. With a passion for writing, she writes on topics that provide an insight into CAD, BIM, and 3D Visualization services for the Architectural, Structural, and MEP disciplines. Her focus is to enable architects and engineering professionals in the AEC industry to adopt the right technology so as to increase their efficiency and profitability.

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