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Improving efficiency and the accuracy of cost and schedule estimates is a major challenge in the construction industry. Building information modeling (BIM) can help address this issue and boost business performance and productivity.

Still little used in Canada compared to the United States, BIM technology is disruptive in that it radically alters how architects, engineers, and builders go about their jobs. To take full advantage of its added value, small businesses seeking to harness BIM technology must update their practices and redefine their workflows to adjust to the new imperatives it creates.

That’s why CEFRIO aimed to test the effectiveness of this planning, design, and construction tool with a view to identifying models that can be extended to other areas of activity. Experimentation have been conducted as part of three pilot projects—two in Quebec and one in British Columbia.

The study looks at the chief benefits of building information modelling, the main challenges of integrating BIM into the business environment, the risks entailed, and the lessons learned in the pilot projects. The research team has also developed an eight-step guide for small Canadian construction firms that wish to adopt the technology.

What is building information modeling (BIM)?

A building information model is a digital representation of the building process that facilitates the exchange of information in digital format. (Source: www.raic.org/practice/bim/ipd_e.htm). BIM is a product, technology, and process all rolled into one. It offers a digital representation of a building’s design to facilitate collaboration and information exchange among all project partners—architects, engineers, builders, managers, and owners.

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