Despite the way many designers are using building information modelling (BIM) to change the way they conceptualise projects, there are a still a range of myths and misconceptions that can make it difficult to ascertain exactly what BIM is.
From misinformation that BIM is nothing for than a piece of software to the myth that it harms rather than enhances productivity, some misconceptions are likely to reduce the chances of Australian businesses embracing the workflow.
With those concerns in mind, here are three myths and misconceptions that might be clouding your view of BIM.
1. BIM is software
One of the most common misconceptions in the design industry is that BIM is a type of software, functioning in a similar vein to Revit or Building Design Suite, or other similar programs.
While software can play a significant role in implementing BIM, in reality, BIM is considered a workflow. While you can use software to support this process, it's just another piece of the puzzle. BIM seeks to ensure that designers are using this technology in the most effective and efficient way.
A key component of this process ensures that any design, planning or communication software that businesses use makes it easier for employees and stakeholders to collaborate.
2. BIM is expensive
Introducing any new process, technology or software solution will incur initial costs of some kind, but these expenses should not distract users from the long-term advantages associated with such investments.
The financial benefits of BIM are ones that emerge over the course of its life span. As more projects are enhanced by BIM, businesses are likely to notice the effects of the more efficient practices.
According to a study produced by The Allen Consulting Group, the main costs of adopting BIM lie in initial training costs to get staff up to speed, administration processes and the cost of transitioning from old practices. Once businesses are over this first hump, they are free to reap the benefits BIM can offer.
3. BIM hurts productivity
The end result of adopting BIM processes is to increase productivity. However, there is a myth that the practice actually harms productivity due to the initial implementation procedure.
A report from buildingSMART Australasia found that BIM could help the region's design industry increase its productivity by as much as 16 per cent.
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