Why should General Contractors adopt BIM

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is no longer an unfamiliar word to professionals in the Design-Built industry. Although many of us already know what is BIM, but do we know what exactly it is? There are many misapprehensions when it comes to an overall understanding of BIM. One of the most common misconceptions is that BIM is merely a technology, a tool, or a 3D design of the project. 

However, BIM is actually a process of creating a virtual representation of physical and functional characteristics. Its uses are not limited to the representation of the project but also managing all the information about a project, leading to an output known as a Building Information Model.

BIM acts as an intelligent, 3D model-based process that enables General Contractors become more accurate and efficient. It is steadily becoming a standard AEC industry.

From a high level, it is not difficult to imagine that BIM can help a General Contractor become more efficient. Studying the value generation of BIM for a General Contractor becomes interesting when one tries to trace it across the project’s timeline: Pre-Construction, Construction, and Post-Construction Phase.

  • Pre-Construction Phase, the General Contractor is interfacing with the client. The project owner and designers can convey their expectations directly to the contractor using BIM, which makes room for accurate project schedules and cost estimates. In this phase, BIM offers visual representation to the contractors and helps them to manage project risks by identifying design flaws, reduce rework and expenses.
  • Construction Phase, the General Contractor is responsible for the execution of the project. BIM provides data that can help in assigning tasks efficiently using the model and track the progress of the project by updating the model. BIM can be linked-to the schedule of the project while recording labor’s productivity information to bring complete transparency. Any changes made in the model is available and visible to the entire team, this fosters collaboration between the contractor and other project teams.
  • Post-Construction Phase, the General Contractors are hired for the construction of the structure. Once it is operational, the project reaches its asset management stage. The General Contractors can use Facility Management, Quality Verification and Close-Out in the BIM process to smoothly complete the finishing stage of the project.

Building Information Model uses a 3D visual representation to plan, design, and collaborate with different project teams during the construction lifecycle. General Contractors are adopting BIM as it is facilitating them to deliver projects faster and better. It provides General Contractor the means to efficiently execute and manage building projects with increased quality, productivity, efficiency, and safety. Hence, it is must for a General Contractor to sooner adopt BIM for their projects.

Introduction to BIM Lifecycle


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-Cited, BIM United & RedVectorOnline