To BIM, Or Not To BIM?

10 April, 2018

It is a fairly well-known fact that construction is a process as complex as rocket science. Well, maybe not exactly rocket science, but it definitely resides somewhere in that neighborhood. Collectively, the industry has always worked on finding a solution to the problem that is organized chaos in construction, but there was always a disconnect in processes until BIM came along. Building Information Modeling, or BIM for short, is the Juliet to the Romeo of construction. With a 3 dimensional approach to construction, BIM promised to solve problems that made the industry feel like a turtle on its back; but alas! Juliet wasn’t precisely the statue of perfection, and neither is BIM. While BIM is a beautiful concept that does address very many of your construction woes, it does have a tragic flaw just like Juliet Capulet. Confused? Let us explain!

BIM addresses the major issues of the construction industry, like piles and piles of paperwork and lack of collaboration, but it also poses the problem of being a complicated process to fully leverage. BIM can at times become a Rubik’s Cube for many who do not understand the technical implications of it and are not fully equipped to extract all the relevant data. This often ends up increasing cost for the company due to the hiring of professionals to solve the BIM puzzle.

For example, a 3D BIM file will be able to help you extract material and labor requirements, but in the event of labor going AWOL or material missing on site, you will be left helpless for the day. You could employ managers who could rework the schedule and throw numbers around in order to stay in sync with the project timeline, but manual labor can only achieve so much without missing the plot. There will be events because of which your project will take a hit in terms of timelines or return on investment.

Building Information Modeling is a good investment to keep your project organized and environment-friendly but in order to capitalize on your BIM investment, it is highly crucial for you to consider project management tools that could help you unleash the true power of BIM. BIM is not the ultimate answer, everyone in the industry is already quite aware of this fact. It does require trained professionals to capture the essence of the multiple dimensions present in that single 3D model, but we have reached a stage of technology in the industry where you now have tools that can replace your manual work and give you an automated experience. There are tools that can help you save costs and boost productivity without having to pull your hair out over technical jargon.

Watch this space for our next piece based on tools that can redefine your BIM investment, and help you make the most of that 3D model that is meant to simplify a builder’s life.