February 17, 2014

The industry throws around terms like Building Information Modeling and it isn’t clear what a BIM process is to everyone.  I mean for smaller companies, you are busy winning jobs, planning resources, looking for more business while closing out the old.  Your time is limited, you want to know what BIM is but in the short and sweet.  Is it software, is it technology?  Where would I start and why are we changing the way we design anyway?
These are all common questions many of our contractor customers are asking and we understand.  We know you are busy and it’s our challenge to stay ahead by keeping our customers ahead.  So let’s break down BIM for you quickly.
First of all, BIM is not software or technology.  Not by itself.  BIM incorporates both and includes all stakeholders in the design process.  It’s a collaborative effort among all teams that will work on a structure so that errors can be found early in the design phase to reduce costly field error and risk later.  Of course, that is just one of the benefits of BIM.
Watch the video below to see how BIM can improve your vision and profitability on a project and reduce your risk:

Reasons you need BIM Now:

  1. Risk:  Liability. Insurance. Injury. Structural Failure. Change Requests. One of the most expensive categories in construction is error, and building liability.  The BIM process increases your view of the entire design to prevent design clashes, construction phase challenges, and energy inefficiencies.
  2. Improve Bidding Estimates:  No matter how well you are at the bidding process, if you have been in business for any length of time, you know the pain of inaccurate bids.  Whether you eat the cost or you bill, it is never a comfortable situation. With a BIM process, you can clearly estimate your costs in time and resources
  3. Win More Bids: With more accurate bids, you will not only estimate closer to the cost, you will also increase your reputation for providing deeper details in your bids.
  4. Better Resource Planning:  When you know what resources you will need where and when, planning for resource optimization becomes easier to do.
  5. BIM is mobile: It has never been easier to use technology in the field, rather than taking notes and waiting to go back to the office after-hours to complete updates.

Read this paper on Realizing the Benefits of BIM.
“BIM is a strategic initiative that requires top-down executive support to succeed.

BIM changes the way companies work. Externally, it enables companies to engage in innovative new project delivery methods; provide more affordable, more efficient sustainable design and analysis services; and offer a range of new services. Internally, the transition to BIM may result in broad organizational changes based on new and/or different staffing needs.”

-Realizing the Benefits of BIM

For most of our clients, moving to BIM is becoming a need to stay competitive.  We have the knowledge and the experience to help you move your design process forward.  Contact us to help you achieve the next level.
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