How BIM Affects Efficiency
Fortunately, there are tools that can help keep your project running on schedule. When utilized by an organized team with strong communication, BIM software like Vertex BD can help with time management and even reduce overall construction time.
Create Detailed Schedules
BIM keeps everything, from first-round drafts to final construction documents, coordinated and well organized. Once the BIM modeling has been finalized, the designers and builders on the project can use their experience to create accurate schedules and construction timelines — including specific delivery times, inspection dates, and internal deadlines. Bringing this level of detail to the schedule can help foster a better work flow by scheduling projects more accurately and planning out who needs to be on site and when they need to be there.
Prevent Change Orders
Change orders is a term equally loathed by owners, developers, and contractors alike. Stoppages or re-work in the field can drag down the morale on the construction site, wreak havoc on planning and scheduling, and significantly slow progress. BIM software, however, helps identify drawing conflicts, missing information, and coordination issues well in advance so you can make any necessary revisions in time to avoid costly change orders.
Time is, as they say, money. If a job isn’t well documented and organized, details get missed, schedules get jammed, materials and equipment don’t get delivered on time, and crews are left standing around. The results — lost production time, unproductive labor, and, ultimately, lost profits.
BIM’s biggest strength is that it keeps everything coordinated so this doesn’t happen. When you use BIM to design, specify, and estimate simultaneously, you not only save time by staying on schedule, but you are cut out unnecessary steps and possible headcount, which means you won’t pay for people and time you don’t need.
Here’s the bottom line: BIM allows design and documentation to be done at the same time, and for documentation to be easily shared with every team member on the project. With this technology, schedules can be planned more accurately and communicated precisely. This level of accuracy and collaboration helps you complete projects on time, save money, and move on to your next build faster.