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Why Some Companies Don't Adopt BIM

Why Some Companies Don't Adopt BIM

Developers with large-scale projects have been quick to use Building Information Modeling (BIM) software for their projects, but many building companies haven’t found it practical for their uses.

BIM Software is a version of computer-aided design (CAD) that can create 3-D models of structures with layers of information about each element of the building and how they work together within the system.  It has collaboration capabilities that work well when there are several teams of developers, like engineers, plumbers, and electrical technicians, working together on one project.

The hesitation to use BIM is rooted in valid concerns. Many companies feel that their projects aren’t large enough for the software’s capabilities. Even though project size doesn’t matter when it comes to BIM, small firms don’t see the benefits as worthy of the time and costs associated with it. Business owners believe that some projects simply aren’t complex enough to warrant the use of BIM when AutoCAD or other software can be used.

The costs of BIM can be a hindrance. There is hardware and software to purchase that can be in the six-figure range. Staff will need to be trained on how to use it, so there’s another cost that could be ongoing, depending on how much time an employee will need to learn how to use it. Not to mention, if an employee is busy learning a new program, he or she can’t focus on regular job duties.  For a small business, that time lost can affect the company’s performance and its bottom line.

If a business isn’t able to have its current staff learn BIM, then a new person will have to be hired. It takes time to hire a new employee, and for a small business with no dedicated HR person, that can be valuable time lost. The largest factor in hiring an additional staff member is the extra salary and benefits that will have to be added to the budget.

A larger business can justify the costs in long-term gains because the company may be able to complete projects more quickly and gain new clients because their turnaround is faster. Small businesses may need longer to see the benefits of investing in BIM and may not want to take the risk.

Some companies are afraid that workflow management will become more difficult. One of the features of BIM is the ability to collaborate without having the staff in-house. Project managers may feel more comfortable having their teams on location to work together, not working remotely.

There is also the question of liability when working in a collaborative environment. When a team of developers works on a project together, what legal guidelines should be in place to protect all parties and the client? Some companies don’t want to deal with the legal risks associated with sharing information or the liability risks of passing down a design to a contractor that may not be equipped to handle it. There are no clear standards for this potential legal issue, which can make some businesses leery of adopting BIM.

These reasons are why BIM service outsourcing are important. It will give your company the flexibility of benefiting without having to invest fully. Read more below.

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If you don’t want to make the expensive leap to purchase BIM software, or hire new employees for your company, consider outsourcing your work to us. We offer BIM services, plus AutoCAD, engineering and architecture services, and more. Let us help your business avoid the costs associated with bringing new software in-house. We already have the software, hardware and highly trained experts to do the job. To learn more about what we can do for your business, give us a call! We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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