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Using BIM in Residential Construction

February 22, 2012 IADT Sacramento, Building Information Modeling, IADT General 0 Comments

BIM Example - Building Information ModelingBuilding information modeling (BIM) is the software management system that’s changing how the construction industry does business. BIM is becoming more and more widely used to draft and design buildings, but it hasn’t fully taken hold in residential construction. To find out more about the future of BIM in residential construction and what’s currently holding it back, learn about its advantages and disadvantages below.


  • Since BIM involves a new system of drafting and modeling software, employees need to get training. Adopting BIM can therefore increase fees and overhead costs due to training expenses.
  • The pervasive idea that BIM isn’t needed for residential construction is one of the major setbacks of BIM’s widespread implementation. BIM is typically reserved for large-scale construction projects since it’s designed to improve the coordination and efficiency of the building process. Many owners and builders believe BIM is unnecessary for smaller and supposedly simpler residential projects.
  • Part of the reason that BIM hasn’t spread is the lack of marketing. Many BIM modeling software companies focus their marketing strategies toward developers of larger projects.
  • Another setback BIM faces is simple lack of interest. Some clients and other involved parties don’t understand or care about the benefits BIM has for residential construction.


  • BIM technology facilitates superb coordination. The models can be accessed and updated by all of the parties involved, which vastly improves internal and external communication. Some of the parties that can benefit from BIM include:
    • Contractors
    • Residential developers
    • Electricians
    • Plumbers
    • Interior designers
    • Landscape architects
    • Real estate agents
    • Home owners or potential buyers
  • BIM has many capabilities that make it easier to oversee the administrative tasks. Some programs allow you to order materials, manage employees, and more.
  • Regardless of the size of the project, BIM can increase the speed of all stages of the design and construction process. Large housing developments as well as individual projects can benefit from the improved coordination and accuracy enabled by BIM technology.
  • Perhaps the greatest benefit of BIM is its effect on housing sales. The sophisticated 3D models created using BIM are perfect for showing potential buyers what a house will look like before it is built. The early accuracy of such models also promotes communication to ensure that client expectations are met.

Overall, the benefits of using BIM in residential construction outweigh the initial obstacles. BIM is the system of the future, and it will eventually aid all types of construction projects.


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