Building Information Modeling has been seen as key for AEC professionals as it has digitally transformed some of the most important challenges of the construction industry such as project estimation, quality control issues, planning, and more. Leading countries around the world are adopting BIM and governments are entrusting the use of BIM in projects as it succeeds in streamlining various construction processes and as a result has increased productivity . Despite the benefits, there are few common myths that make people hesitant to implement BIM in their projects. Here are some common myths about BIM:
1. Building Information Modeling is a 3D modeling software
Building Information Modeling is not just 3D modeling. It refers to both the model(s) representing the physical characteristics of the project and to all the information contained in and attached to the component of these models. A BIM may include any of or all the 2D, 3D, 4D (time element scheduling), 5D (cost information), or nD (energy, sustainability, facilities management, etc., information) represents a project. One of the key features of BIM is the creation of information that is easy for professionals to share throughout the entire lifecycle of a building project.
This is also a fundamental prerequisite for the establishment of an integrated and collaborative work environment. People can think of the Building Information Modeling as a generic database used as a knowledge base about a construction project. The 3D asset model makes it possible to generate visualizations that all stakeholders can interact with and at this level, the transparency of the information leads to a greater degree of involvement.
2. BIM is only for ‘big’ projects
One of the other misconceptions is that BIM is only for large and complex projects. But it’s not accurate. Big projects are actually more complicated and time consuming. However, the problem in every project tends to stay the same. BIM increases the efficiency in calculating design costs and saves time estimating and evaluating project costs.
Therefore, people mainly favor the use of BIM in large projects because it helps to better manage other construction methods. Professionals also use BIM in small-scale projects and have shown significant improvements in quality and productivity. No matter the size of the project, public or private, corporate or public, whatever the size, BIM delivers value to all.
3. Building Information Modeling is too complicated
One of the most common misconceptions about Building Information Modeling is “BIM is too complicated”. This is not correct. If people can get proper training and education then BIM is easy for them. There are many free online courses, video tutorials, and resources available. It vendors also offer short and extensive training courses with monthly updates to make analyzing complexity as simple as possible. These courses and training are fully compliant with government and industry regulations and Building Information Modeling standards. To bring about any kind of change in the organization, we research and plan accordingly before implementing. This is what people needs to implement BIM. It’s not complicated at all to learn.
4. BIM only provides benefits to designers and builders
Engineers have designed the BIM platform in such a way as to facilitate communication and collaboration between all professionals and clients. So it benefits all.
There are cases where conflicts with objects of the same model occur between different experts. The conflict detection service detects a conflict and notifies the manager or other professionals needed to resolve it. Building Information Modeling does not solve the clash but only detects it and is economically beneficial.
5. It doesn’t have anything for the client
The most important part of the project is operation and maintenance. After handing over the project and BIM documents, the customer can use the BIM model to renovate, reuse and maintain the building in the future as desired with very little time and efficiency.
Besides, Building Information Modeling virtual assets offer many benefits, as it can improve communication and productivity, detect eventual conflicts, and avoid costly errors and delays caused by on-site rework.
For any company, it is very important to recognize these misconceptions about Building Information Modeling implementation. It is proving to be a very useful process that benefits all stakeholders involved in the project. Contact us today to receive information about BIM services.