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June 07, 2018

How Sage Estimating Can Help You Better Leverage 3D BIM Information

What Percentage of Contractors are Using 3D BIM for Estimating?

When Building Information Modeling (BIM) first emerged on the construction scene several years 3DEstimatingago, it was touted as a long-sought answer for a variety of issues. 3D modeling isn’t as time consuming or costly as 2D paper drawings. You get better detail in less time.  It helps with collaboration and makes for better estimating.

In fact, over 70% of contractors in North America have adopted BIM in their business model.

But despite its many  benefits, the drawbacks of using 3D BIM are hard to ignore and have many contractors wondering whether it’s worth the investment.

The Downsides of 3D BIM

The 2017 Construction Technology Report from JBKnowledge indicates that not much progress in implementing this technology was made between 2016 and 2017. Although 27% of companies surveyed said they have a Virtual Design & Construction or BIM department, a whopping 28% of companies said they never bid on BIM projects.

What’s more, only about a quarter of the companies surveyed mentioned they only had one or two employees trained in BIM techniques.

If you’ve ever tried to create an estimate based solely on a 3D model, you already know the challenges ahead. Most models don’t contain all the information you need to create a sound estimate. What’s more, navigating disconnected channels between 2D drawings and 3D models can further complicate projects. Models only contain partial information 2D Drawings are not going away.

The complex software alone has made many smaller contractors shy away from using it in their business. There’s a sharp learning curve that requires time and money to conquer, and up until recently BIM has been a competitive advantage enjoyed almost solely by larger companies.

Sage Estimating has posied BIM for growth once again, and this time companies may find it’s not only a good idea, it might be absolutely necessary for estimating.

Why Use 3D BIM for Estimating?

One of the biggest misconceptions about 3D BIM is that it’s a tool exclusively for architects. It’s not.

If you’re only using BIM for your modeling, you’re missing out on huge opportunities to strengthen your projects from every angle.

These models aren’t just 3D renderings of 2D drawings. They’re created using individual objects that each house parametric data, such as dimensions, materials, energy performance, and sometimes even availability. 3D BIM is a complex compilation of elements used in the construction process that, when leveraged correctly, can lead to better time and cost estimates.

BIM is becoming an integral part of any estimating process, from conceptualizing the project to considering all systems within the project to avoid potential problems. It helps companies to look ahead during the project as construction progresses so you can stay on target. It’s a helpful planning tool for reducing or eliminating waste, rebuilds, and other roadblocks.

In fact, it’s estimated that rework makes up 30% of all construction work., and accounts for around 5%-9% of the project’s contract value.  Avoiding rework by providing better estimates makes the project more successful and the company more profitable.

How Sage Estimating Can Help You Better Leverage 3D BIM Information

Sage has formed best-in-class partnerships with key players like Autodesk and Assemble to create a comprehensive estimating experience. From team collaboration to creating better cost estimates, Sage Estimating puts the power of BIM in every project. Sage offers a bi-directional function un-parallel by anyone else in the industry.

BIM objects are connected to your Sage Estimating database to reduce guesswork. You get faster takeoff on every project with drag and drop features, audit trails, and faster, more accurate estimates.

Sage also bridges the gap between 2D drawings and 3D models for the most accurate snapshot of your project, even when you don’t have all the information you need in one place.

To learn more about how BIM can empower your estimates, no matter your company size, click here to see Sage Estimating in action.

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