4 advantages of BIM for contractors

Category: Strategy
Posted on September 23, 2020 by Thierry Eustache-Létourneau and Marie-Ève Sirois

BIM is becoming increasingly important, but how exactly will it prove useful on site? BIM One has gathered 4 ways to benefit from using BIM on projects.

1 - Prepare for the site 

3D visualization with digital models makes it possible to dive inside a building even before it is built. Identifying the issues that are sometimes imperceptible in 2D is easier for everyone. Communication is effective and details become easy to discuss. Whether it's to avoid misunderstandings, bring people together around an execution solution, or clearly articulate a concept, visualization tools are your allies.

For example, when preparing construction teams for the challenges of the site, a virtual tour can make all the difference. In collaborative mode, taking the time to plan for areas with difficult access, tasks at height, signage and transporting bulky equipment will pay off. Other aspects of safety, such as working in confined or narrow spaces, can be planned methodically.

2 - Prevent rather than cure

BIM coordination is a way to reduce the waste of human and material resources on construction projects. Practically, a digital prototype provides a reference point where professionals, contractors and client representatives are able to collaboratively discuss, identify clashes, and assign issues and brings requests for change upstream of the site.

For example, in a multi-storey tower project, a contractor had to plan the concrete formwork according to the systems that had to pass through them. In just one session of interference detection on one of the floors, a contractor was able to save several tens of thousands of dollars. Early detection of this problem made it possible to avoid several clashes present in a concrete slab while ensuring that the thickness allows it to include pipes, conduits and other electromechanical equipment and accessories.

3 - Deliver proudly

To get past project hold-ups and speed up conformity assessment, the BIM approach can prove to be a lifeline. Comparing digital as-built data to the model allows you to prove the quality of a project execution. Cross-platform mobile applications can also simplify task assignment and help reduce the number of inquiries. Transparency, speed, and recognition of a job well done are desirable for all stakeholders.

For example, with laser scanning it is possible to scan a concrete slab as it is being poured. With this data, a flatness analysis will ensure the accuracy of the work. If necessary, corrections can be made quickly in order to ensure a flawless delivery. 

4 - Increase precision and speed when producing estimates

Estimation is the key to success in winning construction bids and keeping the company in business. It is possible to avoid compilation errors and to speed up readings by extracting quantities from the model. Using a digital model of the structure, obtaining the concrete volume of a building's foundation takes just a few minutes.

As you can see, there are several ways using BIM can set you apart from the competition and improve efficiency and precision. If you are ready for the adventure, BIM One offers a wide range of training available online or in person. In addition, our team can support you in your digital transformation, at the desired pace. To ensure a success story, we recommend to stay focused on targeted benefits by making sure you've defined your goals beforehand. For more on this subject, read BIM One’s first article of this series, "How to succeed in your first BIM project as a GC.


Thierry Eustache-Létourneau
BIM Specialist, BIM One


Marie-Ève Sirois
Special projects manager, BIM One

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