It comes as no surprise that the construction industry has evolved in the last decade and will continue to evolve in 2020 and beyond. One factor in the ever-changing landscape of construction is the growing development and adoption of the Building Information Modeling (BIM) process. BIM adoption has proven to shorten project schedules, reduce project costs and boost productivity. So why haven’t more companies made the switch? Many are still trying to figure out if the benefits are worth the accompanying disruption. While a successful implementation requires strategic planning and ongoing commitment, the payoff comes from improved project outcomes.
As pointed out in the 2018 Connect&Construct article, Top 10 Benefits of BIM in Construction, BIM adoption can prevent common problems that companies experience during the construction process. A few of the top benefits of BIM adoption include:
Cloud Collaboration and Coordination
When executing a project, it is crucial for all stakeholders to have access to the current project models. Using digital BIM models ensures that teams are able to collaborate and communicate in real time. Cloud-based technology such as Autodesk BIM 360 allows this collaboration to happen in the office or on the jobsite. With the help of BIM 360 mobile apps, everyone is able to stay on the same page no matter where they are.
One of the most common and costly problems faced on the jobsite is construction rework. This problem often stems from the inability for each stakeholder to have access to up-to-date information. Technology such as BIM 360 Coordinate provides clash detection, allowing you to identify mistakes before the project is already in progress. It’s better to fix an issue early before it requires demolition and costly repairs. With the help of BIM technology, you can visualize the project during preconstruction and make changes before ever breaking ground on a jobsite, saving both time and money.
Improved Jobsite Safety
Jobsite safety has always been a concern within the construction industry. However, with the help of BIM technology, the risk of injury has decreased. According to a Dodge Data & Analytics 2015 report, “Measuring the Impact of BIM on Complex Buildings,” over one-fifth of study participants reported 36% to 38% fewer safety incidents when using BIM for more than half of their projects. Products such as BIM 360 Build can minimize the risk of jobsite injury through safety and quality checklists.
There are many benefits to BIM adoption, but researching which products are best for your business can be tedious. Applied Software is an Autodesk certified “BIM 360 Advisor,” and Applied industry experts are trained to find the best solution for your specific workflows and needs. Contact Applied Software today for a quick discovery call to discuss how BIM 360 can benefit your workflows.
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