BIM for Building Developers

Updated: Apr 13

Have you ever wondered how to reduce production and construction costs? If the answer is yes, you can keep reading because you have arrived at the right place.

Within the following, we will present to you how to reduce the costs in your construction project by up to 20%. Also, we will share with you how to reduce:

  • The Project Timeframe;

  • The Risks;

  • The Conflicts;

In most cases, the Employer requests the concept design from the Architect. Then he (the employer) brings the concept design to municipalities and ask for their approval so he could move on with the project. The issue here is that the project has already been started because it passed the concept design phase without an appropriate strategy and definitions.

Usually, when Architect is hired he plays the role of a design contractor. This means the rest of the design stakeholders (design consultants) will be the Architect’s hat. The other way of proceeding is when the Client hires every single design stakeholder on a different contract. It’s clear that this puts limitations on the collaboration and communication between the stakeholders. The reason for this is the lack of good build strategy and that will certainly limit the maximum potential output of the Project.

So, what could be improved in order to prevent such circumstances?

The Client (Employer) directly could hire a Project and BIM Managers. This way it will be employers representative of the Project. They will act on behalf of the Employer. These professionals possessed the needed skills and expertise of the construction project, which would bring achievement the maximum potential output for the Employer. Hiring a Project and BIM Manager will ensure that the project would go smoothly from the brief stage (the concept) until the handover of the construction for facilities management.

The work of the Project and BIM Manager will guarantee that:

  • The Project scope is met at all times;

  • The Timeframe of the Project goes according to the envisaged project schedule;

  • The cost is kept within the project budget or even lower;

  • The respective resources are identified on each stage;

  • Design and Construction quality are not lessened

  • The Risks is predicted and minimized

The BIM Manager (Read more: "What is a BIM Manager") will ensure that the project runs smoothly between the Project stakeholders, by involving appropriate:

  • Technologies;

  • Processes;

  • Mindset;

When we summarized all of these, we have the so-called BIM Execution Plan. This plan is a guarantee that collaboration and communication are efficient and effective between the project consultants. The Execution Plan is created is responsible for who, when, and how to deliver the project data. This is also called the Master Information Delivery Plan. It will ensure that there will be validation gates and the provided data will pass through those gates, and it will confirm that the data meets the established standards.

Switching from CAD to BIM

Switching from CAD to BIM is under the control of the BIM Manager and it will reduce the waste of:

  • Time;

  • Money;

  • Resources;

The responsibilities of the BIM Manager are NOT limited up to here. The mentioned were small but the most essential part of them. The way of achieving maximum potential output for every Project is by synchrony and effective communication between the Project and the BIM Manager. The limited understanding of the Project Manager about BIM might affect the success of the Project. So, the BIM Manager's role is very important in order to fulfill such responsibilities and results.