Is your company a SME? Size doesn’t matter with BIM

A lot of discussion has been generated over how Small and Medium Enterprises will cope once the UK Government’s BIM Level 2 mandate arrives come 2016. Are SMEs even aware of BIM? Will the adoption of BIM cost them too much money? If a SME is lagging behind regarding BIM, will they still be able to compete with companies who are IBM-literate? A new article suggests that however large or small your company, size doesn’t matter when it comes to BIM.

John Eynon, Chair of the South East BIM Hub is the latest guest writer over at Construction Manager, and believes that although SMEs need to spend to help them adapt to the industry-revolutionising technology known as BIM, these smaller types of company have benefits that really aid construction projects in a way their larger competitors cannot.


At a time of great upheaval and change for the industry, SMEs have unique advantages over their larger counterparts”, said Eynon. “They are more agile and responsive to change, can innovate faster with shorter command lines, and spend less time agonising over decisions and more time in the acting and doing.”


For all these reasons, if SMEs are not on board with BIM, it is not good for the industry.”


So, how can SMEs get on board? Eynon lists several resources that he thinks should be the go-to points for a company starting to investigate Building Information Modelling. The BIM Task Group’s website is an initial hotspot, especially their Investment Matrix page. The Investment Matrix “helps businesses calculate the level of investment they will need to make, breaking the whole process down into stakeholders, stages, activities, tools, benefits, training, and indicative costs per seat over three years.” Eynon continues:


“So whether you’re a client, manufacturer, main contractor or subcontractor, supplier, or consultant, you can find your place in the construction food chain. Working through the tables enables you to come up with your personalised picture and plan for BIM.”


Eynon also gives brief advice from his own personal experience that will enable a company starting out to soak up as much information as possible. He lists spending as little money as possible, getting “free stuff”, understanding the UK government strategy and attending conferences as just some basic tasks that a firm should carry-out before diving into the wide BIM ocean.


Read the entire article here.


“More efficient, productive, innovative”: BIM’s effect on SMEs