American architecture practice and Building Information Modelling consultancy Tesseract Design have discussed the benefits of BIM, urging any small to medium enterprise debating over BIM adoption to stop being “very reluctant to dive in to BIM” and take the positive “leap of faith”.
The first benefit of BIM that author Crawford Smith addresses is the fact BIM saves its user so much time, particularly relating to document management. When employing a BIM process, a BIM model enables users to have all relevant construction information required in one or a small number of files, meaning they have easy access to the data they want.
“Having all of the information for a building design in one (or very few) files makes it easy to streamline many common tasks that are boring and repetitive. These including creating and annotating views, generating and maintaining schedules and sheet indexes,” said Crawford.
“Using BIM allows the AEC professional to spend significantly less time with document management and more time designing and constructing buildings.”
Crawford however raises a fantastic point for BIM newcomers to consider: not all developments are suitable as a first-time BIM projects.
“Frequently, firms will resist making the change to BIM because they are waiting for the “right job” to come along on which to roll out BIM. Frequently, it is assumed that this job has to be fairly large to justify the use of BIM. This is erroneous and can lead to major problems,” elaborated Smith, who went on to refer back to a project he once worked on some years ago.
“I worked for one firm that decided that a highly complex, 25-floor project was the best initial project for BIM. The results were, at best, problematic. Since this was such a big job, there was a lot more at risk when things went wrong. And things will go wrong with a first BIM project – it’s simply unrealistic to expect otherwise.”
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Do you agree with Crawford Smith’s reasoning?