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Frequently Asked Questions
BIM is for every stakeholder, not just for experts. BIM workflow can be used efficiently in big and small-scale projects alike. The process can be customized for each specific project.
BIM is helpful for Architects, Engineers, Structural Engineers, MEP Engineers, and Civil Engineers. BIM is for General Contractors and Subcontractors, Building Developers, Manufacturers, and Owners.
The best BIM Software is the one that serves best your particular project needs. Before choosing the BIM software you first need to establish your goals and evaluate how and what would be the best solution for you. Another thing you need to consider is what is your role within the project. Some software could be more useful for Architects and not that much for Engineers, for instance.
There are a variety of options out there. However, BIM software can be divided into 5 main categories:
- Software for Project Management;
- Software for Task Management;
- BIM Authoring Software;
- Software for Rendering and Visualization;
- Computational Design or Visual Programming Software;
Implementing a new workflow can be always challenging. One of the biggest ones in the mindset. That’s why changing the mindset is crucial for the right BIM implementation. A big part of the AEC industry is very traditionalized, therefore to successfully start using BIM you need to start with Change management.
Other common challenges could be:
- Realizing the need of BIM;
- The amount of investment;
- The project scale;
- The in-house skills.
BIM helps different stakeholders to collaborate more efficiently while reducing conflicts and clashes. Therefore, the entire Project Team has to be involved.
BIM is for everyone – owners, architects, engineers, constructors, manufacturers, general contractors, subcontractors, building developers.
However, BIM implementation can be challenging and not well accepted. There are many stakeholders who prefer the traditional workflow. In that case, what you can do is to find the right approach for those team members.
The most important thing when successfully implementing and optimizing BIM at any scale project is adding value. BIM can be applied in small-scale projects and bring great outcomes. We need BIM to ensure efficient collaboration, so we have a minimum waste of materials, costs, and manpower. BIM is helping the workflow and adds value for every stakeholder in the project, regardless the size.