Facilitating BIM Implementation in Architectural firms

Facilitating BIM Implementation in Architectural firms

Adopting Building Information Modeling in projects involving cross-functional teams has numerous benefits. Collaboration is the foundation of BIM process and some professionals in the construction industry hail Virtual Design and Construction as a panacea to address interdisciplinary inefficiencies. But when it comes to individual disciplines such as an Architectural firm, the question is: Is it beneficial to integrate BIM with their business processes? How? Let us explore.

While the idea of BIM Modeling Services is fairly new, there are some architectural firms who have been early adaptors of this wonderful technology and have reaped the benefits from implementing building information modeling early on. They have also gained a rich experience and lessons that are important in the success of the firm in the long run. These firms identified enhanced quality control, and better organizing & structuring as the key benefits of implementing BIM that helped them gain their clients’ confidence.

Following are the key points to remember that will facilitate implementing BIM Modeling concepts in Architectural firms:

  1. Awareness of different stages in BIM implementation

The first point to remember is to be aware and recognize that there are several stages in the implementation process and all architectural firms that are implementing the principles of virtual construction modeling in their organizations have to go through most of them. Initially, it may so happen that the architect’s office uses BIM but associated companies won’t. This is the first stage. The second stage can be a situation wherein the BIM is implemented but not formalized; and finally the contractual stage where Architectural BIM Modeling is mandatory in a majority of the projects.

  1. Modification in the work environment

VDC is a collaborative way of working and it is essential to modify your work environment to enable quick communication. As virtual construction modeling gives a better quality control, it allows you to give younger people more responsibility early on in their career. This boosts their confidence and helps them grow; creating a conducive environment in the office.

  1. Investment in training and tools

Investment in tools that support VDC and human costs contribute equally in the overall investment. Tools can be divided into hardware and software. Human costs include training as well as retention of the trained employee.

  1. Size of the project

An important point to understand is that the success of BIM is not dependent on the size of the project. It can be used on all scales and all type of projects. It can even be implemented on projects mid-way. One of the greatest strengths of using building information modeling is in complicated renovation projects such a historic monuments, etc. Using Point Cloud to BIM Modeling increases the quality of the model produced. Refer to our previous blog to know more.

  1. Common standard

It is advisable to follow a single manual or standard throughout all the projects to ensure standard information at all levels. For e.g. architects in UK can follow the official English standard to benefit from the local regulations and opportunities.

  1. And lastly, BIM doesn’t obstruct creativity

There is a common notion that digitizing a design will lead to a more or less standard design and impede creativity. This is not necessarily true. Architects can create different libraries and customize them based on the current project requirement. This allows for generating different and relevant typologies for each project making the creative process more efficient.


Architectural BIM Modeling is the starting point of any BIM project. Several industry stalwarts have envisioned BIM to be implemented globally soon. Architectural companies who have not yet adopted digital construction should make the move as BIM is the future of AECO industry.

Written By:
Tesla OS
Tesla Outsourcing Services is an Architectural and Engineering Outsourcing Company providing CAD Services, Engineering and E-building Design Solutions (BIM Services) to clients across the globe.

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