Do you find that your company’s use of BIM—or lack of use of BIM—is helping or hurting your company’s productivity?

June 2016

Do you find that your company’s use of BIM—or lack of use of BIM—is helping or hurting your company’s productivity? Please provide details of your experience.

GCs around here are typically not involving the drywall contractor in the BIM process unless it’s to provide some input on wall and ceiling assemblies to the MEP trades. Despite the use of BIM, particularly on overhead and above ceiling MEP installations, it seems like there is never enough room for everything, and something is always missed, leading to additional drywall patching and repair work. It might be a great tool, but it doesn’t seem to be utilized very well.
—Anonymous

Investing in BIM and incorporating it into how we run our business has helped us become a better company. It has changed the way we look at ourselves, how we interact with clients, and how we build projects. It is a continuing commitment, however, we couldn’t imagine our business without it.
—Travis Vap, South Valley Drywall, Inc.

We find BIM helpful and productive primarily to “reserve space” when coordinating with MEP trades on technically challenging projects (biotech, pharma, medical). When they are using BIM but we are not, the other trades seem to ignore the amount of space we need to properly construct our top-of-wall, header and jamb conditions.
—Anonymous

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