1) Show me the MONEY
We can't get away from cold hard cash when discussing the key benefits of BIM. Proper implementation improves efficiency, reduces waste, reduces build time and many more things that could save and make you money in the long run. Add to this the financial benefits of BIM throughout the post-build life of the building such as reduced maintenance costs and greater data on building efficiency. Yes being BIM ready has initial implementation costs but you should find the benefits in the long run are worth it!
2) Bid better
Inaccurate bids can be painful in many ways. You either end up absorbing the cost or you bill to cover them; neither are ideal. BIM allows for greater precision at the design stage allowing users to create fully detailed prototype of the building model for inspection. With a BIM process you are able to estimate your costs with greater accuracy.
3) Never feel left out again!
Ever get the feeling that you are the last to know of an important update or change?
Not with BIM!
Project information is embedded within a 3D BIM model meaning information from all disciplines can be extracted from the same source model. Implementing BIM will see projects evolve from the traditional linear design-bid-build delivery. The BIM model is housed in a Cloud allowing all disciplines simultaneous access resulting in more collaboration earlier in the process.
4) Clash detection
Before your eyes glaze over reading this buzz phrase for the umpteenth time in reference to BIM, hear me out. To put it simply BIM allows computer processes to check certain rules like code regulations and any possible structural issues with a building. Let the computer do all the due diligence and make yourself a cuppa. You deserve it.
5) Youre already there
You might not know it but you already think in BIM. When designing a building you think in real-world objects and not in 2D lines. BIM does as well! With BIM windows act like windows, doors behave like doors, existing as real-world concepts behaving as they would in real-world applications. This gives users the opportunity to manipulate objects relating to their real-world limitations, potentially avoiding expensive mistakes further down the line.
6) Its nearly 2016
What are you waiting for? As part of a government initiative to reduce building costs, the Cabinet Office published the Government Construction Strategy in 2011. This strategy announced that all government-funded construction projects will require collaborative 3D BIM (with all project and asset information, documentation and data being electronic) by 2016. Its 2014 now you know...2016 is only 18 months away!
..but thats not all folks! Why not check out this case study demonstrating some real-world benefits of using BIM in a sustainable project.