•   By bimengus
  •   March 11, 2019
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Small firms are missing out on BIM technology – Myths on BIM for smaller enterprises.

Using 3D models to plan, design, and build buildings is one of the most important aspects of Building Information Modeling or BIM. Other aspects include design using communication and collaboration for construction and infrastructure.

There are various myths surrounding BIM being adopted for small enterprises as well.

Myth#1

BIM can only be adopted for large projects.

Adopting BIM for large companies has proved to be extremely beneficial in terms of savings on time and budget. This is also applicable for smaller firms as it helps owners, engineers, and various stakeholders visualize the entire project and deliverables through 3D views, improved communication, precise designs, optimize productivity, and streamline the entire workflow.

Myth#2

BIM is very expensive for smaller businesses.

BIM can be affordable if used efficiently and correctly. There isn’t many software that need to be used to design 3D models. Using the full functionality of Revit on a rented model can deliver significant benefits for smaller companies to adopt BIM. For companies that wish to transition, these software firms provide a good platform for various trades to communicate and collaborate at all levels of the project lifecycle.

Myth#3

BIM training can be extremely time consuming.

If conducted correctly, BIM training can be achieved in very less time. It isn’t imperative to take advanced courses at the very beginning. There are various channels wherein professionals can upgrade their skills viz. classroom training, that teaches professionals on what is BIM is all about and the application of software like Revit architecture, structure, MEP, and FP, Navisworks, and more. For online courses, there are platforms like Udemy, Lynda, NIBT, and more that offer exceptional video lessons with certification at an affordable cost.

Myth #4

Transition to BIM can cause problems in employee productivity and project deliverables.

In the initial transition stages, any enterprise can suffer productivity issues as new software needs to be integrated and training also needs to be given to professionals as well.  With BIM in the long run, small companies can benefit a lot as time spent on projects with BIM takes a lot more, than taken projects executed without BIM. This creates a gain in productivity to levels of more than 40% in the initial stages as well.

Final Thoughts

BIM is the future as it is going to be a market requirement for businesses of all sizes. The adoption of BIM also boosts software training and its integration in the project creates high-quality information rich models that cut-down on rework, improve fabrication processes, and provide client deliverables on time. With BIM in the loop for large enterprises, even small companies are considering a multi-dimensional approach to enhance their businesses and create a sustainable building ecosystem. Building Information Modeling helps various building stakeholders like Building Owners, Architects, Contractors, Engineers, & Designers make informed decisions and communicate accurate data to individuals of all trades across the building lifecycle.

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