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How to save money on your building project with BIM

Building Information Modelling (BIM) allows designers, architects, (sub)contractors and other parties involved in a building project to collaborate within one (3D) building model, determine whether a design is feasible and plan processes and materials ahead to achieve maximum cost-accuracy. BIM is an innovative technology that has everything in store to fundamentally change the building industry, although many industry professionals find its price tag not particularly persuasive. “However, to those who look beyond the high initial cost of implementing BIM, this technology in fact offers nothing but a great deal of cost savings in the long run”, says Mark Trommelen, Industrial Designer at Mosa.

BIM contributes to cost-accuracy

Failure costs for the average building project account for 10 percent of the project’s total costs. Mr. Trommelen is convinced that by implementing BIM, failure costs can be avoided in many cases: “Most failure costs are the result of poor communication and a lack of insight. BIM allows you to anticipate problems, both in terms of design and execution.” Mr. Trommelen elaborates:

Flawless designs

“Flawed designs are no longer an issue, since the design is there for everyone to see and adjust before building commences. The possibility of 4D planning only adds to this advantage, providing even more insight to all parties.”

No more design delays

“Designers no longer have to rely on external sources to acquire all information they need to produce their design.”

More tangible designs

“Complex designs are made more tangible thanks to 3D visualization and exploded views.”

Less time pressure
“Visualization through BIM results in better planning, which in its turn decreases time pressure. Bottlenecks are noted before they become an issue.”

No more misinterpretations

“A picture says more than a thousand words, which is exactly the case with BIM. Thanks to BIM, a building's execution no longer depends on multiple interpretations of several written documents.”

No more wrong purchases

“Provided that BIM objects are delivered in the right format and changes in the design and material selection are shared instantly, BIM makes it easier to buy the right materials in the right quantities.”

Improved logistics
“BIM technology enables its users to easily connect designs and processes to logistics planning.”

Increased energy efficiency

“Connecting your BIM software to energy simulation software allows you to fully calculate a building’s energy use. Additionally, you can incorporate all the information concerning periodical maintenance into the BIM as well, including where the materials come from, when and how they need to be serviced, when they need replacing and where replacement parts can be ordered.”

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