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Do You Really Need to Invest in BIM and Why the Answer Is Yes

 

Building Information Modeling is a revolutionary concept that has the capacity to completely transform the construction, architecture, civil engineering, MEP design, as well as any other related industry. Despite its obvious benefits, there still are companies reluctant to adopt this disruptive technology, mainly because of the cost. However, although BIM requires substantial investments in the beginning, it’s crucial to emphasize that it’s worthwhile, especially in the long run, and here are some of the reasons why.

It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that Building Information Modeling is a revolutionary concept that has the capacity to completely transform the construction, architecture, civil engineering, MEP design, as well as any other related industry. Despite its obvious benefits, there still are companies reluctant to adopt this disruptive technology, mainly because of the cost. However, although BIM requires substantial investments in the beginning, it’s crucial to emphasize that it’s worthwhile, especially in the long run, and here are some of the reasons why.

It’s accurate

One of the most important things that your potential clients want, apart from the quality of your work, is the ability to project their expenses and plan their budget. With BIM, all this will be possible since it enables you to create precise construction documentation, and, in turn, predict costs. BIM significantly reduces risks that some problems will appear during the execution of your project since 3D modelling allows you to spot them early on and solve them before they cause complications on site. For example, this technology detects constructability clashes during the design phase thus avoiding unnecessary delays and additional costs.  

It makes outsourcing unnecessary

As computer rendering is a must, especially if you need to compete for a project, many small companies decide to outsource this complex process. Needless to say, in this case, their expenses will go through the roof since rendering services come with a big price tag, while any misunderstanding can lead to imperfections in the rendered images. That’s one of the reasons why BIM is highly recommended even for small businesses, as the initial investment is nothing in comparison with all the expenses and costs it will eliminate over a short period of time. Still, we can’t say that it’s actually affordable, but small companies that operate on a shoestring budget can consider getting some low-interest cash loans because BIM is definitely worth it.

It’s flashy

Landing new clients, especially if your company is still young, is a challenging process. There’s no better way to amaze your potential clients than by using a breathtaking, 3D visualization to show them how their project will look like. BIM is a superb marketing tool as it produces both the images and documents of a project quickly so that you can have everything ready for a presentation.  

It boosts productivity

Using BIM eliminates the need to waste time on creating duplicate drawings required by various building disciplines, as the model provides more information than an ordinary drawing, which means that various teams can use it. Another important thing is that its drawing tools are much faster than a 2D drawing tool, not to mention that each object connected to a database. Productivity is also improved as BIM has the autosave feature and it also has the option to trace the history of your every project. This way, any possibility of disappearance or corruption of files is reduced to a minimum. Last but not least, every time a change has to be made to a drawing set, architects have to update each drawing separately which is a time-consuming and an error-prone process. BIM, on the other hand, updates all drawings simultaneously and prevents errors, while architects can deal with more important aspects of their work.    

BIM technology is getting bigger even as we speak

BIM is the future of architecture and construction. It’s still not mandatory in these industries, but since new updates and developments are making the BIM software even more productive and powerful, clients will become more demanding. This means that they will be willing to pay more for a better, faster service, which is why this cutting-edge technology will become a standard practice faster than you think.

The question isn’t whether you should invest in BIM, but how to adopt it as soon as possible and start thriving.

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