White Paper: Scale Up Without Staffing Up
Builders can now scale up in volume without adding staff. New collaborative CAD technologies shrink costs and optimize operations by tying CAD to estimating, allowing builders to offer custom products built for the price of a stock home.
Today's building efficiencies are largely enabled by collaborative workflow technologies that have been too-long ignored or under-utilized. Builders, remodelers, architects, and engineers can now view 3D CAD images of yet-to-be-built homes or additions while modern software auto-checks for inconsistencies and inefficiencies. Every player in the building process knows what the structure should look like as it is assembled and when it is complete. Anyone involved in remodeling or building homes can utilize BIM solutions at low or no cost.
Integrated CAD is Key
In addition to CAD and BIM developments, similar advances have occurred in workflow automation software. Collaborative CAD technology enables to key activities:
- Collaboration among those working on the same lot-specific plan, which is managed with strict version control.
- Integrating CAD into the contractor's estimating and purchasing processes, so the "should cost" price of the home can be predicted accurately in real-time, even for custom homes.
Every Builder is Semi-Custom Now
For new homebuilders, collaborative technology has produced a drastic change in the way homes are sold and built. Because of CAD design and workflow estimating — specifically software systems that tie the design process directly to estimating and purchasing systems — a builder can offer fully custom products built for the price of a stock home.
With today's workflow and CAD systems, builders and remodelers can scale up the number of starts or the number of projects while maintaining fewer staff. Increased productivity allows one worker to manage multiple projects in higher volumes. Some estimates predict a properly enabled homebuilder or remodeler can add 25 percent volume without adding staff.
Componentizing a Project
Builders and remodelers can take advantage of prefabricated components By "kitting" the home at a component manufacturing plant and numbering the components for staged delivery. The resulting structure can be framed by one skilled laborer directing a small crew of lower-skilled, lower-cost support staff. This approach reduces the construction cycle time as it drives down labor costs. Learn how component manufacturing can further reduce labor and material costs.