Building information modeling (BIM) software provides a digital three-dimensional, real-time tool that contractors, building owners, architects, and engineers can use to develop an overall view of a building throughout the design and construction process, allowing them to make informed decisions more rapidly. These programs can lead to significant gains in efficiency, together with major savings in time and money – as long as all parties involved work together in implementing them.

These guidelines can help reduce potential errors and risks of using BIM so that you can get the full benefits of this powerful resource:

  • Once the BIM has been developed and distributed to project members, make sure that everyone is on the same page by taking precautions to prevent later changes or alterations by unauthorized parties without notifying the entire group. This can be a serious problem on larger projects with a number of consultants and contractors.
  • Bear in mind that, although BIM can provide an estimate of total construction costs, it cannot factor in variations in the price of metals, petroleum –derived products, and transportation.
  • Make sure that the project team leader is tech-savvy.
  • Stress the need for every project member to communicate every idea they have, so that it can be implemented.
  • Assign responsibilities clearly. BIM is a collaborative effort that requires everyone involved understand their roles, rights, and risks.
  • Use specific contracts that identify all possible hazards and liabilities associated with BIM.
  • Always bear in mind that communication among team project team members is the key to success with this technology.

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