Building information modeling, or BIM, is an effective technique for conceiving, planning, and designing structures of any size and complexity. As you decide whether a BIM system is right for you and how BIM and general construction go together, keep in mind the following pros and cons of BIM modeling.
Advantages of BIM
- Better planning and design: Using BIM, you can visualize a completed building and all its components and systems before the first shovelful of dirt is moved on the construction site. This information allows better planning and design that takes best advantage of available space and resources.
- Fewer reworks: BIM allows you to see potential problem areas and fix them before the error is committed in the physical world. This reduces the need for costly rework and revision.
- Savings on materials: BIM systems track and monitor resources and provide detailed information on needs even before construction begins. You are less likely to order more than needed and can replenish supplies only when necessary.
- Support for prefabrication: BIM allows you and your partners to more easily prefabricate components of the project offsite, which saves time and money.
Disadvantages of BIM
- Incompatibility with partners: BIM is not yet universally used among construction professionals. There is always the possibility that one of your partners or subcontractors may not use BIM and may not be able to use your models.
- Legal issues: The legal ramifications of using BIM software have not yet been extensively tested, let alone settled.
- Cost of software: BIM software requires a substantial investment in new technology. The advantages usually make the investment worthwhile, but only if the software is used to its full capacity.
- Lack of experts: The relative newness of BIM means that there are limited numbers of experts working in the field. Your software purchase may require an additional investment in training and education.
Construction Monitor helps companies in the industry stay informed about how new technology will affect all phases of the construction process. Contact us today for more information on how BIM and general construction will continue to be a valuable and effective combination.