There has been a lot of talk in the recent years about the usefulness of The AEC Associates BIM Modeling Services for the construction industry. Despite its huge potential, Building Information Modeling hasn’t yet been extensively adopted by all the stakeholders and its necessary to look at the main hurdles in the way of its adoption across all the processes. BIM Modeling services bring a new speed and efficiency to the building process. Being a shared information source, it enables all the stakeholders to access the right information for taking right decisions. Let us take a look at a few advantages of the modeling system over the existing systems once it’s implemented for a project:
- Higher productivity as compared to the existing systems;
- Increased awareness about the working of other stakeholders and reduction in misunderstandings among them as a result;
- Increased efficiency in the procurement process, evident from reduced cases of cancellations of orders;
- Increased involvement of all stakeholders in decision making, leading to increased efficiency and satisfaction levels and reduced costs;
- Availability of more and better design and construction options for the owners without spending more.
Obstacles in the way of widespread BIM deployment:
Despite the fact that BIM building services offer multiple benefits, there has been a general reluctance among the AEC organizations and professionals in hiring these services. It’s essential to investigate the obstacles in the way of the implementation of BIM in order to make the building process faster, more efficient and error free. Let us discuss some of the reasons for this reluctance:
- One surprising thing is that BIM is being used in isolation in one of the processes during the execution of a project but there is no effort to integrate the processes. All the stakeholders- owners, designers, consultants, contractors, suppliers, lawyers and insurers etc should make the full use of the system that is a shared information resource as mentioned above. The challenge lies in integrating BIM across all the phases and stakeholders of a project.
- A lack of knowledgeable professionals capable of taking the construction industry into a new era where BIM is commonplace is perhaps the biggest hurdle in its implementation. Establishing BIM education and training programs for the AEC professionals is the need of the hour.
- One major hurdle in the wider use of the new system is that people concentrate too much on the technical aspect and forget to work on the implementation aspect.
- Shortage of software applications that support a BIM approach is another major hurdle in its adoption and vertical integration.
BIM service providers can ensure efficiency of the building process and make life easier for both the construction professionals and building owners. There is a need to work towards the vertical integration of BIM across all the disciplines of a project so that every stakeholder may reap all its benefits.