Building information modelling (BIM) is a practical shared information resource where you and your team can integrate information that everyone can access, making it easier to collaborate and make informed decisions. Its benefits go beyond lower costs, enhanced efficiency, and faster turnaround times. As BIM service providers create an integrated data source for your model, it also helps increase involvement in everyone involved on your project as it encourages a collaborative approach to the data. Outsourcing BIM may help reduce errors, too, especially when adding dimensions to the entirety of the model. This way, hiring a BIM service provider can help bring life to your model efficiently.
Reputable BIM service providers have extensive experience in outsourcing to the AEC industry. With this experience, they are capable of applying BIM to many different MEP, structural, and architectural projects. They are updated with the best and latest practices from their experiences, too, and they often try to integrate these with the processes they do for their clients. This way, they are able to provide a customised process that should work for every customer’s unique requirements and projects. Depending on your requirements, the service providers may incorporate a workflow process that has room for continuous improvement through output from you and your project team, too.
BIM service providers will understand your basic requirements before providing you with an estimate, which is subject to your approval on whether to hire them or not. Once you are okay with their quote, you can continue working with them to share your detailed requirements before they execute the pilot project as needed. From there, they create a proposal, if required, and once you approve, you can start working with them to bring life to your model. Working with a seasoned BIM service provider will make it easier for contractors to understand their project well while minimising planning errors and information loss. It can be helpful to the supply chain, too, as it may minimise duplicate data entry, provide a source of advice on product opportunities for the construction project, and find products that suit the specification of a building.