If you aren’t aware of building information modeling (BIM), then you are probably just starting out. It has revolutionized the construction sector with governments making it mandatory for the contractors.
BIM has become the prerequisite for any successful construction project. It gives engineers and architects the ability to plan and execute each phase of the project effectively and safely.
However, BIM consulting is not cheap!
For one, you may also lack in-house talent and labor to handle the project.
Today, we will discuss how being a small company, you can cut down on the different costs of the BIM solution and manage training expenses.
Managing the cost of BIM solution
Complete BIM software can cost from $6,000 to $12,000. Then you also have to pay for employee training. Expect to shell out anything from $300 to as much as $2,000 depending on the nature of the training course and company.
But luckily, there are some affordable options which small companies and startups can utilize.
You can find good open-source and free BIM software solutions which can compete with the paid ones. Open-source products also have their own dedicated team of community and developers backing them. Help is readily accessible if you have any queries and you also get extensions and updates through community contributions.
Cash in on state incentives
Depending on your location, you may also be eligible for state incentives for sustainable design using BIM. Generally, as a company, you would get 1 to 6-year tax credits that you can use for your BIM.
It can offset your investment to a great extent and make up for the upfront software expenses.
Handling the training cost
Once you decide on the BIM solution, you need to learn your way around it.
You can find training programs from different companies including the publishers of the software. The cost of the course will depend on its type and the institute you choose.
Top tier companies like Autodesk offer courses costing starting from just $300. However, it could go up to $1,800 as well. You can enroll your employees for 6 to 8 week long programs for $800 to $1,000. A full-fledged course can cost you as much as $4,000.
However, there are different institutes which provide distance and online learning at much affordable costs. You can also buy lessons on websites like Udemy for $10.
Plus you can search the extensive free resources available on the internet. And not to mention, the free tutorial videos also help you to learn the basics.
Is BIM viable for small companies?
BIM helps you eliminate design failures in the planning phase eliminating the useless expense and time waste. It ensures that your project turns out as per expectation without any flaws.
In future, you will save significant costs and can increase the efficiency of your firm by 30%.
You will have an edge over the competition with BIM – as different government projects make it compulsory. In the end, it will create noticeable returns on the initial software and training cost.