Many construction projects require you to juggle several subcontractors, which makes it challenging to ensure your project is completed on time and on budget. Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a type of software that allows for information rich virtual models to be created. They can help address unforeseen issues in the pre-construction phase and allow for greater collaboration between subcontractors during construction.
BIM has been around for a few years now but is becoming more and more practical by the day, especially if it’s implemented in the cloud. Many companies have used it to ensure projects are completed efficiently, on time, and on budget. A cloud based BIM system gives all employees working on a project access to the information they need, updated in real time. This keeps everyone on the same page, whether it’s a foreman on site, or a designer in the office. It also helps streamline the design, manufacturing, and building phases.
Cross disciplinary collaboration can often be tough when each subcontractor can make decisions that may unknowingly conflict with someone else’s plan. BIM allows for each contractor to know their role, and when to execute their part in a project. It will also help with spotting issues in the pre-construction phase and lead to better decision making to solve each issue. By streamlining workflow BIM promotes an informed workforce and makes it easy to meet deadlines and stay on budget.
Many BIM systems also keep extremely accurate project documentation. Each model version stays on record with information about what changes have been made since the last version and who has made them. This means you’ll always have in depth records of the project and you can be sure nobody has tampered with designs. Another tool to help with this is custom permissions for the users on the system, ensuring only people that are trained to use the system can alter data.
Taking courses to use BIM properly is growing in popularity as the demand for BIM systems grow. As more and more companies experience the positive affects BIM has on project outcomes it is establishing itself as an industry stand piece of construction technology.