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Building Information Modeling, or BIM, is transforming the way we design, construct, and manage buildings. It’s not just about creating detailed 3D models; it’s about making every phase of construction more efficient, from estimation to execution.

At Vision 2 Estimating, we’re leading the way in leveraging BIM for more accurate estimations. But what is BIM and how can it help you get ahead of the competition?

The power of BIM

BIM is the creation of a comprehensive digital model of a building – including infrastructure, components, and systems – that’s used to design, construct, and manage buildings.

At V2E, we use BIM software – along with our years of experience in the industry – as part of our services to help builders create 3D construction models of homes, complete with all fixtures and materials, to provide highly accurate estimates for their clients.

It means that you can “build before you build” and see your project in 3D, which helps you manage your construction projects so much better from the start.

Increased use of BIM abroad

BIM is becoming increasingly popular in the construction industry and has rapidly gained ground internationally. For example, the United States is reportedly the biggest producer and user of BIM; even though there’s no federal government mandate for use. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2020 Firm Survey Report stated that 100% of large-sized architecture firms and nearly 33% of small-sized firms were already using BIM.

What are the advantages of using BIM?

In addition to providing an initial 3D model for designers, builders, owners, and subcontractors, BIM has numerous advantages, including:

  • One central hub for better collaboration ­– Everyone involved in the construction project can view real-time information from the same online location, which helps eliminate communication errors and delays. Plans and materials can be reviewed and amended throughout the construction process from one place.
  • Improved quality & safety – Potential problems can be explored prior to construction. More accurate planning results in a better overall result and can be used for quality control to ensure that all materials, components, and systems meet the necessary standards. Plus, simulation of processes helps identify safety hazards and reduces the risk of on-site accidents.
  • Reduced costs, project time and errors – Better communication and planning results in better estimating, fewer errors, and faster project completion. BIM also allows for off-site fabrication of some components, which can reduce on-site time and result in better profit margins overall.

V2E and BIM

At V2E, we use BIM to help builders during the estimating process. It’s not just a matter of creating flashy 3D images – our models help you ‘build before you build’ by seeing all the pieces, costs, and potential stumbling blocks in advance.

It’s unusual for an estimating company to do this, but we find it helps our residential building clients get ahead of the competition, spending less time on estimating, gaining more control over the entire estimating process and making it easier for your subcontractors to quote.

With rapid global adoption and increased mandates, it’s clear that BIM is the future of building design and construction, and it’s likely only a matter of time before it becomes standard in residential building. Don’t get left behind!  If you’re ready to take your estimating to the next level and want to learn more about BIM, contact us today.