The BIM Myth
If you work in the Architectural, Engineering or Construction (AEC) sector, you have probably heard of BIM. Some of you will probably know what it’s all about. Some of you will have a rough idea, but most will think its just another buzzword that means you are going to have to make a load of effort to adopt something that you don’t care about.
What is BIM Exactly?
A lot of people incorrectly think that BIM is about 3D models, public sector contracts and loads of new paperwork. BIM is an efficient way of working. It’s true that it involves public sector contracts, but that is mostly because the government wanted to demonstrate to us; the taxpayers, that they are smart with our money. If a politician is going to have a moat, as long as its BIM level 2, its good to go! But seriously, BIM is about how you manage a project, how you exchange information and how you avoid or resolve problems. If you want to increase your margin, provide a better quality service and finish projects on time, then BIM is for you.
The BIM mindset
BuilderStorm attended a BIM conference at Salford University last week, which was attended by some key players in the AEC sector. What was reassuring was the consensus that the BIM mindset is still evolving, as an industry we are still figuring out the best way forward. BIM is not for public sector projects; it’s not about models, it’s not for the biggest of big construction companies either. BIM is for everyone.
How it works
The number one win with BIM is sharing information with everyone on the project. The AEC sector has had with this problem for as long as I can remember and undoubtedly long before that. I’m sure everyone can relate to a project we worked on where someone built something that later turned out to be wrong, because of the wrong drawing or poor design. Using a Common Data Environment (CDE) you can make sure that everyone who needs access to drawings or documents can access them when they need them and that they are always the latest versions. The right CDE will also keep track of every action relating to the information when it gets changed, who changed it and why, giving insight into the workflow of the project.
How BuilderStorm works
BuilderStorm has a CDE designed purely for the AEC sector. Managing every aspect of your projects from start to finish. Features like photos, daily diaries and RFIs mean you keep track of all the vital information. Using systems like this will demonstrate to your clients and principal contractors that you are at the cutting edge of technology, have robust information processes and provide an overall better level of service. All of this means you spend less time creating paperwork, making fewer mistakes and working more efficiently. So if you think BIM might be for you but don’t know where to begin, let BuilderStorm show how your business can benefit. Our implementation and support team will be with you every step of the process to ensure you benefit from the software.