There are overarching reasons why trade organizations favor the use of BIM on projects. They include:
1. The use of BIM elevates the trades on a project. With the stakeholders’ buy-in and the right tools, the ideal situation can be achieved – projects that are designed with, not simply for, the MEP trades. Open communication between the trades and a design team is a key goal, including willingness to understand each other’s processes.
2. BIM processes can drive the industry Some companies continue to limit the use of BIM to projects where it’s required, which indicates they don’t yet see the value of BIM, i.e. a move to Revit. However, when the benefits of BIM become widely understood, we’ll see widespread adoption. It’s reasonable that a GC could routinely require MEP construction information to be in the Revit model.
3. Planning ahead and collaborating through BIM are far superior to fixing problems after the fact. For instance, reports are that, when VDC (virtual design and construction) is used to manage multi-discipline BIM models on jobs, those jobs rarely go badly, or if something does go wrong, the loss is minimized.