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Does BIM Take More Time?

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Does BIM Take More Time?

Fred Mills

31 August 2016

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WILL WORKING in a building information modelling (BIM) environment actually take you longer than the conventional approach that you’re used to? We explore that question, set-out a simple business case and offer some advice in this video!

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So let’s cut to the chase: does it actually take more time? Well the answer is yes, initially. But no in the longer term.

If you and your team are working on your first ever BIM project, then it probably will a little longer some time for you to get your head around things. Designers might be working in 3D for the first time which requires a bit of a different approach. Project teams might be getting used to the cultural shift that comes with accurately structuring their data in a common data environment (CDE) and with the integrity that goes with maintaining that. Some members of your team might be more advanced than others causing friction and potential interoperability issues.

Unfortunately some of that early pain and learning is part of the investment that is needed to realise benefits in the medium term.

EFFICIENCY SAVINGS

Studies such as Avanti have shown potential efficiency savings of up to 20-25% from working in a BIM environment. Those savings come from being able to find accurate data, faster, in a single shared space and from being able to take decisions on that data that are right first time. They come from information being accurately co-ordinated at pre-construction stage to avoid costly rework or corrections once on site.

"20% represents an entire working day"

In a typical five day working week, 20% represents an entire day. If you can realise these efficiency savings, then you will effectively gain an extra day in every week of your financial year that your competitors – who are potentially behind you on BIM adoption – won’t have.

That time will allow you take on more work whilst keeping your cost base the same, increasing your turnover and profit.

Above: The concept of the 20% efficiency savings (as identified by Avanti) representing an entire working day. Below: The concept that realising such efficiencies could enable increased turnover against the same cost base or overheard, potentially increasing profits. 

If you invest time as an organisation in getting yourself up to speed on BIM initially, you can actually save time in the long run.

This isn’t just a theory. A number of firms now work in this way because of the time it saves them, enabling them to do more work for the same overhead. Those firms are potentially your competitors and they’re growing by taking this approach.

PUTTING THIS INTO PRACTICE

You shouldn’t be daunted by the acronym BIM or by the many facets and pieces of terminology that surround it. When you boil it down, what we have outlined here is, in a way, simple common sense.

"When you boil it down, what we have outlined here is, in a way, simple common sense"

We recognise that common sense isn’t always easy and we know from experience that implementing BIM into an existing, trading business is challenging. Above all, it’s important to be led by the steps that you believe could make your work more efficient; benefitting your business and your customers.

If you can make that business case and demonstrate some early wins, you should start to find that wider adoption across your organisation steadily becomes easier. People will have connected with and understood what all this BIM stuff really means to them.

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Find out more about what BIM is and gain advice on implementing it into your organisation in our free BIM For Beginners video programme.

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