Concerns about BIM software are often associated with high expense – and hence its association with big, highly lucrative projects. There is no requirement for expensive software packages, these may be a worthwhile investment anyway, especially where working across multiple projects. There are also a number of lower cost software options, and free apps to work on phones and tablets.
BIM is more about a new away of working than just the technology. Beyond software, it is likely companies will need to invest in training. It’s important everyone knows what role they play and how to get the most from BIM. This can add to the cost of adoption, but it’s about future-proofing the workforce and the resulting cost, time and quality benefits are likely to make it worthwhile.