Building Information Modeling (BIM) is evolving at a rapid pace and companies are increasingly realizing the worth of the product. This new concept promises better problem solving, more effective communication and faster project building in a more cost effective way. From conceptual stage to design, construction and throughout the lifecycle of the project, BIM ensures better decision making.
BIM Challenges: Expertise
When a survey was conducted to know about BIM challenges, the companies that have incorporated BIM reported various challenges and roadblocks that they faced while incorporating BIM. Firstly, the concept was new to everyone, and the companies found it difficult to implement it. BIM was considered to be a complex and delicate system. However, the most difficult challenge was lack of competence. People in the construction industry lacked expertise and knowledge to fully put into practice this new concept.
BIM Challenges: Resistance to Change
The culture of implementation decides the effectiveness of a new concept. For incorporating BIM, an open-minded culture is required. In the construction industry, where project managers spend most of the time on-site, they have the liberty to work in their way. In the case of BIM, however, these project managers need to adhere to strict guidelines and processes. Therefore, there is resistance to change.
BIM Challenges: Management of Information
Another challenge that companies faced was to manage resource and information, after the complete implementation of BIM and network based integration. The company that is implementing BIM has to ensure that the suppliers and subcontractors follow suit. This involvement and implementation of BIM by suppliers and subcontractors will lead to management of more information. Moreover, mapping and management of resources is still done in a traditional way. New legal and construal processes are to be in place for the successful implementation of BIM. Moreover, the firm has to select an experienced and skilled partner that can support with proficiency, knowledge, experience and resources.
BIM Challenges: Perceived Costs
In addition, what proves to be a roadblock in BIM adoption is the price of the software and incompatibility with other software. Project managers face BIM challenges concerning software such as software bugs and incorrect modeling procedures as a result of the lack of experience in using 3D modeling.
Last but not the least, the company that is implementing BIM has to change the work process. The company, in entirety, has to be aligned to their value chain. For making necessary changes in the process, cost will be incurred. So, companies are more worried about the costs that follow after the implementation of BIM.
BIM needs to be seen from the perspective of the value added. Implementation of this software can cause a sea change in the way an AEC firm functions. This definitely has associated challenges. However, the long term benefits are irrefutable.