How BIM reduces the risk in construction projects

Maximize the benefits of BIM on your construction site

The use of BIM (Building Information Modeling) in construction projects leads to positive returns and enormous improvements in labor productivity. BIM has revolutionized construction project design, accident prevention and collision detection.

Yet despite the potential of the technology, it is still not used at all stages of the construction process. However, if it is used correctly on the construction site, BIM can be used throughout the life cycle of a construction project, so that both construction and maintenance processes can be made even more efficient and cost-effective.

The potential of BIM

BIM is still largely viewed as a pure construction technology in the construction industry. A new study found that only 41% of construction companies use the concept of BIM on the construction site itself. While the use of BIM software and tools becomes more and more important in practice, a larger implementation causes problems.

59% of the construction companies surveyed state that they do not have the appropriate skills to use BIM. This illustrates the current separation of the planning and construction phases. In addition, the lack of real integration between technology and tools in the office and in the field is still a major obstacle to putting BIM into practice.

By providing construction management software that enables integration and access, valuable information that can be made available via BIM can completely change the construction process. The concept could be used in the various phases from design to commissioning and perhaps even during the entire maintenance in facility management.

BIM on the construction site

The advantages of BIM can only be used by construction teams who have full access directly on the construction site. On most construction sites, however, BIM is usually only available on one computer in one of the project trailers. Because of this inaccessibility, it is rarely used to edit models or update BIM data. This could be the main reason that some users are not satisfied with their BIM software.

Of course, a company cannot optimize the ROI of BIM if not everyone involved has access. It is particularly important to enable team members to view, edit and use data on the go. The use of mobile and cloud-based construction management software that is directly integrated and synchronized with BIM software is one way of guaranteeing access.

It is crucial that the BIM model can be seamlessly integrated into the software and technology for planning, construction, operation and maintenance. Since data and communication are handled separately in most construction companies, a large amount of data loss in planning and construction leads to problematic gaps in plant operation and maintenance.

This is why it is very important to invest in cloud-based technologies and software integrations, such as LetsBuild, that enable access to BIM.

BIM advantages on the construction site

In short, BIM saves money, manages deadlines, guarantees quality, avoids rework and reduces risks. By introducing BIM (Building Information Modeling) into your practice, large amounts of data and extensive information from design and construction are taken into account in every phase of your construction project.

When all of this information is integrated and made available to every site manager during the project, there are tremendous opportunities to deliver high quality, low cost projects faster.

1. Improved communication on the construction site

The use of BIM on the construction site enables an intensive exchange of ideas and a complete flow of information, resulting in improved collaboration and communication on the construction site. When BIM is integrated into mobile construction management software, information updates are communicated instantly and in real time to the entire team. The focus here is on transparency, because everyone in the team is informed in real time about changes in a planning or construction process and their cost effects.

2. Better project transparency

By accessing BIM during the construction process, communication is more transparent and the sales force has more information about the entire project. This enables accident avoidance and collision detection, while the required materials, dimensions and cost information are made available at the same time. In addition, construction statuses and construction processes can be determined through simulations and visualizations.

3. Improved project quality

Proper BIM integration leads to better quality control and assurance. In connection with a mobile system for the management of the construction documents, models can be compared with the actual conditions and possible errors can be reduced.

4. Reduce rework and revisions

This is one of the most important advantages of using BIM on the construction site or in the field. Most construction rework is due to poor document management and communication.

The use of BIM in combination with mobile construction site management software reduces miscommunication and detects conflicts at an early stage. Before all work is completed, design revisions are made to avoid rework.

For more information on BIM and its benefits in construction, read the linked article.

BIM in facility management

A large number of advantages in practice, but are not only limited to the construction phase. When BIM is used throughout the entire life cycle of the construction project, facility management in particular benefits.

1. More effective handovers

An updated BIM model enables accurate and detailed inventory data during the final handover. A constantly revised and updated BIM in the field service and on the construction site leads to a better overview of the activities from the first planning phase to the completion of the project. This overall picture enables the facility manager and the facility operations team to better cope with routine maintenance.

2. Significant cost impact

Easily available BIM models for facility teams have a huge impact on costs. Studies even show that the use of BIM in facility management saves an average of 5% of operating costs per year. The data from the entire project life cycle enable effective preventive maintenance.

3. Better decision making

Accurate BIM data enables building owners and managers to make better decisions about renovation and remodeling plans.

More on the topic: Identifying BIM roles in the project cycle.

Teams that work towards making full use of BIM through integration with a proper mobile construction app and cloud-based construction management software will successfully complete better and better projects and make a better contribution to the construction industry. If you need help integrating BIM into construction management software, we can help you with that.