BIM Optimized Construction Process for General Contractors
Outsourcing BIM and CAD services is a strategy that is growing in popularity among leading firms in a variety of industries.
Using BIM Software for a General Contractor
Working as a general contractor for a while, you’ve undoubtedly had some involvement with building information modeling software. Even if you’ve never used it yourself, you’ve undoubtedly seen others use it and immediately thought it’s only good for drawings and building models.
Looking at BIM as a Process
You’ll start thinking of BIM as a process of building, designing, and as a data center for ongoing maintenance. For the building, it’s going to become a more collaborative process thanks to BIM softwares like Tekla and Revit making it easy to communicate ideas. When constructing structures, BIM process makes it easy to share design ideas with other contractors you’re working with on your project. It’s possible you have to partner with other contractors who live out of state, or even in other countries. Being able to share ideas through BIM process means you’ll realize your construction projects in a faster way. Compared to the old days when building a complex structure would take months, BIM can reinvent your career.
If you’re still overly new to BIM, you should know it offers seven different levels realizing phases from construction to beyond. These range from transferring 2D drawings into 3D on up to 7D where you utilize the process for comprehensive facility management. As a contractor, you obviously want to fully visualize what the structure you’re building is going to look like after it’s fully built. BIM allows you to add detailed data so you see everything from all angles. No more do you have to rely on mere drawings, or simple 3D graphics that don’t look realistic. What makes BIM so great for contractors is you can add your own data about product information and jobsite activity while the project is underway. Basically, BIM process becomes a central data hub where you keep track of everything, becoming almost like a digital project manager.
Because you’re working with a digital product, BIM allows for even more collaborations during construction. With all the data store, your collaborators will be able to access the same information in minutes. Since you have to work with architects, subcontractors, builders, and the owner of the building, you need a faster way to send them data. BIM is designed in a way to easily share this data to anyone involved, including on a mobile device. Collaborations on your projects can now occur across state lines or even internationally.
Service and Maintenance
Perhaps you also work as a subcontractor where you offer service and maintenance to all the buildings you construct. Many contractors offer this service as well. To make this work more efficiently, it’s possible to later refer to the BIM you used. All that data you entered about everything you built or installed will stay stored in the BIM platform for easy reference in the years ahead. When the owner of the building asks for maintenance, you’ll have a digital resource to turn to with details about the materials you used. The same goes with equipment brought into the building that may require continual maintenance duties.
More Collaborative Process
You may work closely with your client, but it’s easy to become complacent to this when you have multiple people working on a construction project. BIM is going to bring a more collaborative system using digital technology so everyone is on the same page about the facility’s design details. We work well with architects, contractors, and builders to help realize all methods of facility construction.
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