Implementing BIM late in a project’s construction too big a risk?

Is implementing Building Information Modelling late in the construction of a building project a risk too far?

The pros and cons of doing so are weighed up by Assad Maqbool, a partner at Trowers & Hamlins in his latest guest article for Construction Manager.


BIMcrunch have reported on numerous occasions (see here, here, here and here) about BIM being best implemented at the earliest stage possible in a project’s lifecycle, yet for those unfortunately unable to adopt BIM at the initial stages of their developments, are the post-construction benefits of BIM enough to alter the ethos, thinking and delivery of the direction a project has been moving in for a vast amount of time? Maqbool (whose opinion BIMcrunch covered back in July) thinks the risk is worth the reward.


Firstly however, Maqbool lists the qualms various members of a project team may have regarding late utilisation. “The late introduction of new obligations is bound to cause some tension”, said Maqbool. “The contractor and professional team may have put forward proposals with the expectation of a particular method of working and may not be comfortable with the risks associated with such a change.


“The employer also has concerns: is the project team incentivised to provide value for money proposals in relation to the change and is this project team the best-suited to provide these services?”


However, although late BIM implementation should be carefully considered, Maqbool thinks the savings to time and cost and the enhanced ability to manage a building after construction may be too good to pass upon. He elaborated: “Given the increasing evidence that BIM provides overall savings of cost and time and given the pressures for public sector employers to use it, it is not surprising that there is a current trend for BIM to be introduced late into projects. But it’s not a step to be taken lightly.”


“Ultimately, if these risks and concerns are properly considered and addressed and if the project team is willing, the benefits of introducing BIM late to a project may prove too attractive to resist.”


Click here to read the entirety of Maqbool’s thoughts.


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