White Paper: Take Labor Off the Jobsite, Boost the Bottom Line, and Bring the Benefits of BIM to Your Workflows
Builders can now design an entirely custom home using CAD software solutions. A component manufacturer can then produce custom trusses and wall panels at production speed and costs far below what a builder would pay to have a structure custom-framed onsite. Learn more about about better building with accurately designed framing and prefabrication.
All About BIM
Building Information Modeling has transformed residential construction in recent years. Computer-assisted design guides builders along certain pathways that actually disallow unbuildable or unsafe structural configurations. A single BIM model can provide precise, useful data that a homebuilder can use in multiple facets of his operations from estimating and purchasing to labor optimization and general cost-cutting efforts.
Homebuilders can be confident that if a component or framing configuration doesn't work in the BIM model, it won't work on site. The BIM system's built-in logic can confirm a structure's code compliance and auto-detect engineering conflicts.
Custom Production Capabilities
BIM software can generate detailed lot-specific plans, which can be modified up until construction. When that capability is married to a sales process that allows for options-selection management, any homebuilder can move from production building to a semi-custom or custom building style. 3D BIM software engages the buyer in the design process, so builders can accommodate changes, predict costs and deliver a home that's built as sold.
Builders should consult with their component manufacturer to ensure what we call Buildability™: that the design can be constructed as drawn. When a builder knows at a granular level what is going into his project, it feeds workflow automation, and eliminates waste.
Taking Labor Off the Site
Once a BIM model of a home is created, a component manufacturer's expertise can quickly determine what aspects of the house frame can be constructed using fabricated components. For every truss that is fabricated off site, labor costs are reduced. One recent MiTek customer story shows that just switching from stick framing to roof trusses can cut overall framing costs in half.
By utilizing components, a builder may staff one knowledgeable foreman onsite who directs the activities of lower-cost workers, who tip up and set the sequenced truss and panel components. Because components are often shipped to a jobsite and set in one day, there is reduced opportunity for theft and damage on the job site. Workers also spend less time above the top plate when framing. And because all engineering is completed off-site in the BIM design process, builders can be confident the home is in compliance with applicable codes.