BIM for tiny projects - worth it?
Some time ago I stepped in the shoes of a client to have my small 60sqm holiday house designed.
I did not require it to be done with
BIM, but decided to transform the 2D drawings to a 3D model myself to check if
the major things are OK.
It took me around 4 hours to model the main architectural and structural elements with very low LOD.
The result of this was that I found several areas where information was missing
– the supports and structure of balcony and terrace. The sauna furnace had to
be re-positioned in a different room for it to be built. This of course would
cost me a lot more during the construction than it did during the design.
The conclusion – there is a place for BIM even in the smallest projects, but positive ROI is seen for a limited amount of BIM uses comparing to a large project. E.g. there would be very little benefit of creating a 4D simulation for this small building, but just to have the 3D model provides significant benefits.
The CEO of ITED ltd.