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BIM outsourcing versus in-house: Learn about the pros and cons
With the construction industry going digital, you need BIM. So, should you outsource your BIM or build an in-house team? Let’s take a closer look at BIM outsourcing services versus in-house solutions, helping you decide which approach is right for your construction business.
Building Information Modelling or Building Information Management (BIM)—a holistic process of digitally representing a building’s physical, functional, and information characteristics that aid in decision-making for construction projects throughout their life cycle—is a ‘game changer’.
It results in a project with fewer changes and unanticipated challenges, faster delivery and lower costs. Beyond that, it improves productivity and safety while reducing materials and labour wastage.
There’s no doubt that those of us in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry need to recognise that BIM is here to stay. The only question is: whether to outsource your BIM in the UK or build an in-house team?
This blog article will explain what outsourcing BIM services and having an in-house BIM team means, together with the pros and cons of both processes. You can decide what option is best for your business.
But spoiler alert! There is no one-size-fits-all choice. Companies often use a combination of models to achieve their BIM goals and meet new digital responsibilities. The following intel will help you understand the best option for your organisation, project, and goals.
Let’s get started!
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We all know that one person who appears to glide through life getting more done in a day than most of us would in a week. Chances are they are outsourcing: delegating the tasks they don’t have the capacity for (or don’t want to do) to others.
To an extent, we all outsource. Case in point? When your laptop is on its last leg, you take it to a computer repair shop. You hire an accountant if you struggle to prepare and chase invoices or deal with your taxes. When you want to win with words, you call a copywriter.
So, if you still need to get the time or money to set up an in-house BIM construction support team, or it simply feels like an uphill battle, outsourcing the work to a trusted and talented BIM service provider makes perfect sense.
But should you consider an alternative?
Hiring a third party to manage in-house BIM needs is the right option for many construction companies—but not all.
Some companies prefer to build an in-house team of BIM specialists with experience using BIM tools and processes. Hence, the expertise stays within the company.
After all, building an in-house BIM team can feel like the ‘responsible’ choice. You’re hiring individuals who will, over time, come to know your company inside out. They will go on to play an important role in its evolution. You can tap into their knowledge any time you like. At the same time, they even have a seat at the table on project decisions.
Ultimately, whether you’re creating an in-house BIM team or outsourcing your BIM work to an agency, it’s essential to ensure the BIM professionals you work with are the right fit for your business. Knowing how and where your new BIM team will fit within your organisation’s structure is also critical. But there is no right or wrong: it depends on your company’s needs, goals, and business model. Hiring employees rather than contracting the expertise when needed is a business model change.
But let’s look at things holistically. Are there cons too?
So should you go in-house?
But it’s not all good when you choose to go in-house. In fact, the cons are numerous.
Let’s get our verdict on going in-house vs outsourcing BIM services.
BIM is crucial to any construction company’s ongoing success. From the above, we can see that outsourcing BIM—working with outside experts to address in-house needs—is the optimal solution for most businesses. But, like anything, finding the right partner is key to successfully outsourcing BIM in the UK.
The best BIM agencies will discuss your company’s needs and work with you to develop a BIM plan that provides the support you need and want.
Wondering how BIM plays out in real projects? Dive into our Netflix case study showcasing the collaboration between a new London Landmark, ISG, and Shft.
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