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What is clash detection, types of clash detection, & more… A Complete BIM Clash Detection Guide! 

There are many things that one needs to consider when it comes to construction and architecture. Also because it involves multiple project stakeholders, it needs a proper channel for coordination. 

This is where BIM clash detection comes into play. With clash detection services, you can easily detect any possible “clashes” in the designed models. 

The involvement of multiple stakeholders brings in the complexity and with the time limit set on it, it makes it nearly impossible to manage everything including clash detection. 

Before we move on… Let’s discuss what is clash detection.

What is clash detection? 

Clash detection is a process of identifying & inspecting the multiple building design interferences that frequently occur during the BIM coordination or construction Gatekeeping process. 

In simple words, clash detection is like a review process for building components which only comes into play only when all the building trades – including architectural, structural, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and mechanical are integrated into the BIM model. 

This makes Clash detection an integral part of the BIM (building information modelling) process which is used by construction & architecture companies to create sophisticated models that consist of different models from all the different engineering as well as design disciplines. 

MEP engineers, architects, structural engineers, etc tend to create these independent models. These models are then connected as well as integrated into a BIM model which is where clash detection can be significant.

When it comes to BIM clash detection, the ultimate goal of the whole process is to identify specific places within the model that may overlap or create compatibility problems. With the help of clash detection, one can significantly reduce the overall project time and cost. 

There are many different clash types that BIM clash detection services can help you detect. 

Hard clashes 

This is the type of clash that occurs when two objects or components are in the same place on the model. For instance, a few examples of hard clashes are – the pipes running through steel beams or plumbing lines occupying the space over the air ducts.

Soft clash

Contrary to hard clashes, soft clashes are the result of indirect interference between the two objects in the model. This clash mostly occurs when a certain element in the model is not given sufficient space (spatial tolerance). These are a few very common clashes in MEP services. These types of clashes can cause serious issues both with respect to maintenance and safety. 

Workflow clash 

These clashes are also known as 4D clashes. These types of clashes involve scheduling conflicts, timeline issues, equipment delivery delays, etc. 

We hope this gives you brief information about what clash detection is and are different types of clashes which are mostly involved in the BIM modelling process. There are many companies that offer the best clash detection services like Cosmere Technologies. 

A Little About Cosmere Technologies

Cosmere Technologies is one of the leading BIM companies that offer a wide range of BIM, CAD, and Geospatial services. Starting from the basic BIM modelling services, and clash detection services, to 3D product visualisation services, they are renowned for it all. With an extensive team of professionals in every domain, Cosmeretech has managed to become one of the trusted names among the BIM & CAD players across the globe.