Collaboration and BIM go Hand in Hand

Collaboration BIM

In Constructive Strategies’ “BIM Without Collaboration Doesn’t Measure Up”, Andrew Abernathy, a principle collaboration consultant, is asked how BIM can improve construction projects.


Although BIM is becoming more widely used in the construction industry, the technology is not always used correctly. BIM is frequently seen as overrated because often people use BIM as a glorified drafting tool, but as Andrew Abernathy explained, it is more than a drafting tool because you are really building the building virtually, but this can only be achieved with collaboration. With collaboration, BIM helps the design, the construction, and the owner occupant better communicate.


Abernathy further argues that BIM is not really a tactical tool at all, but a strategic one and it can make the difference between being competitive and not competitive in today’s market. However, before using BIM technology people need to understand first how buildings are put together and that the tool is doing something that is helping with the process of building a building.


One of the problems of BIM, addressed by Abernathy, is the dilemma of controlling the amount of information used in the process. If a project is putting more information than needed, they will run out of space. Instead they need to plan what content to put in and only put in the most valuable content and this plan will need to be re-evaluated for every project.


Here are a few of the benefits, pointed out during the interview, of using BIM correctly:

  • Raises the quality of documents that you produce.
  • Lowers your direct overhead costs and operations because it makes you more efficient.
  • Saves you money if you know how to use the tool properly and leverage it.
  • Reduces the number of requests for information (RFIs), reducing the heavy costs associated with them.
  • Eliminates problems like putting 3 different things in the same space. It will also correct mistakes like these before they even get to the field.


Click here to listen to the entire interview.