As more building owners become familiar with Building Information Modeling (BIM) contractors are realizing the need to embrace the BIM revolution.
Once considered a “design tool” primarily for architects, BIM has evolved beyond software to encompass an invaluable combination of software and workflow processes for contractors, engineers, specifiers, and owners alike, proving to ensure constructability, reduce interferences and change orders, and transform collaboration and communication in order to get the job done faster, at lower costs, and higher quality.
The most important factor in evaluating BIM technology is ensuring the software meets the specific needs of the MEP contractor. 2D and 3D CAD drafting software can be useful, but they are basic applications with no specific trade or industry focus. As general purpose offerings, these tools give users the capability to design and assist in preparing construction documents and generic engineering plans.