November 30, 2021

5 Reasons Why You Should Use BIM


As we learned in our previous article, BIM 101, BIM is short for Building Information Model and is basically a design file with embedded data. A link between people, technology, and processes to improve results in construction and engineering. A 3D model of a building, a data model that can contain all the information about the building.

BIM is a construction technology that is used for creating and managing data during the design, construction, and operations process. According to CII, construction technology refers to the collection of innovative tools, machinery, modifications, software, etc. used during the construction phase of a project that enables advancement in field construction methods, including semi-automated and automated construction equipment.

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Here is why you want to be part of that:

1.  Because it is the future

The industry has already started to digitalise and you need to do it too! Kiss the old school tools goodbye and get rid of all your analogue processes.

Nowadays many already use BIM and many of your partners might even demand it, like contractors, clients, and even the home-buyers (even though they might not know that what they expect is called BIM).

The construction industry is still subject to many enduring pain points and will continue to be if nothing changes. One of the biggest struggles for many construction companies and developers is collaborating on project management and with new construction technologies, the biggest woes in construction can be solved.

Countries with BIM mandates. Source: Autodesk

2.  It will save you time and money

Time and money are the main factors in the construction industry.

Time is money and BIM speeds up the projects. This lead to projects being completed on schedule, maybe even earlier than scheduled which will save you a lot of money. A survey by the National Building Specification (NBS) in the UK showed BIM helped increase the speed of delivery for 55% of construction professionals in the UK.

One of the great benefits of BIM is that it provides accurate and reliable data in real-time. One example is that the construction costs can be counted exact before the building phase has even begun. There are several different tools.

Save money on:

  • Material
  • Labor and payrolls (based on construction timelines)
  • Reduce human errors that can lead to delays and expensive repairs or re-orders

3.  Eliminate mistakes

Along with manual work comes human errors, the more manual work there is, the higher the risk that mistakes will be made.

By using traditional ways with spreadsheets, emails and post-it notes, the risk of mistakes is towering. Just imagine how much damage one small zero left out, or one added zero will do when ordering materials.

The BIM model is also used for purposes like bills of materials and quantities which enables the procurement teams to order the right materials in the right quantities which means less waste.

4.  Improved communication

It might sound ambitious but BIM actually improves the communication between contractors, architects, clients, home-buyers, and other stakeholders. As all stakeholders are from different backgrounds, different entities, and have different skill sets, BIM can be the common language that everyone, through software interfaces, can understand.

BIM is the single source of truth which means that all relevant information is shared and stored in the same place for everyone involved to see and comment on.

BIM is also used on-site by the builders and contractors that can use it on the go. This way the construction site always has access to the latest up-to-date information, changes regarding the projects, and can communicate to everyone involved. Including the home-buyers.

5.  It can become a true digital twin

A digital twin is a digital replica of a physical entity or a system. In the world of buildings, a digital twin is a replica of a space or building, that contains several kinds of information gathered from build information, IoT devices, the users of the building, and the building’s automation system.

Through that digital twin, you can create a 3D model in HD, where your potential buyers get to try what different surface materials would look like in their apartment. The materials change dynamically which provides a 3D experience that gives a more informative picture of the apartment's material and fit-outs that is difficult to assess based solely on observations and photographs.

How can GBuilder help you to use BIM?

GBuilder is a customer journey management software that is based on BIM, but that doesn't necessarily mean that our customers and partners need to do it. We do not require you to use BIM to work with us, but we will help you use it.

If you do not use BIM yet we will use your DWG plans and convert them into BIM models or use your own IFC files. The BIM file is used throughout the project to automate project management tasks, data creation and distribution. This will save countless hours of time and will eliminate mistakes.

We also use the BIM model for purposes like bills of materials and calculating quantities which leads to precise, flexible pricing.

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If you want to know more about how we can help you use BIM you can read more here or contact us below.

Get in touch with us by filling the form below and we will tell you more about how BIM can revolutionise your world!

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