Position Statement - BIM
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The Builders Association believes Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) represents significant innovations to the industry's future. While the technology requires an upfront investment, it is our opinion that contractors who make the financial and manpower commitments necessary to implement this technology will benefit in the long run.
AGC of America officials have stated that the construction industry has not registered growth in productivity since 1968. Adopting BIM technology and practices will help reverse that trend by drastically reducing the number of costly mistakes caused when contractors, owners and design professionals are not on the same page.
BIM has the capability of streamlining the entire construction process and improving the overall performance of the building process. By tracking changes in materials or plans for any phase of the project electronically, building errors and change orders are greatly reduced. BIM enables contractors to see different scenarios at the push of a button, instantly enlightening project managers on how changes in logistics, materials or other phases would impact the project. Increasingly, owners are realizing the decreased costs, expedited completions, and improved final buildings associated with BIM. Contractors who employ this technology will see a decided advantage in project bid selection in the next few years and beyond