The demand for BIM services has been rising by the day, and this has created an entry for many new players in the market. Most of these BIM service providers are highly motivated but lack experience.
This article gives you tips on choosing the right BIM service provider
It’s one thing to say that they are polished in a particular field and another to perform their obligation to the clients’ expectations. When looking for a BIM or CAD drafting services provider, you’ll need to know how long the company has been in business and their experience in giving the service you require. Check through their work portfolio and confirm their services and their expertise as per the claims. For instance, you may need a BIM coordinator, a contractor with a BIM design experience only may not be appropriate for the job.
Almost every contractor will want to prove how experienced they are in 3D, 4D, and such, but very few have real lifecycle experience. The first thing you’ve to do is ask for the contractor’s past works to find out how experienced they are.
Ask for referrals
You will see almost every contractor claiming to have some ‘vast experience” in the industry and providing the best of service in many adverts. But just like hiring an employee, check through the facts to find out if their claims are valid.
See the experience their clients have from the feedback page on their website. There will always be negative and positive feedback, and your focus should be on the former. If there is an unsatisfied client, try and get their contacts to get to know their experience. After all, why burn your fingers when it’s clear that the contractor can’t deliver.
Most importantly, ask for referrals from friends and relatives. It’s easier when someone you trust refers you to a company they’ve worked with- you can be sure of a good experience.
Be careful with hourly rates
Most of the BIM companies will give you a seemingly low hourly quote. If you consider the time they’re likely to take before completing the project, you may realize it’s way too high. You’d better get a BIM modeling services contractor who charges a lumpsum fee. Here, you have a better room to bargain for the best price and quality services. Before you sign the contract, you will consider all the projects’ parameters and aspects, which will be part of the cost. Once you’ve agreed, your work will receive reports on the work progress per the agreed timelines.
Get a BIM contractor who is accessible
Accessibility is one aspect that is critical for the success of any project. You should be able to get email responses, regular reports on the progress of the project.
Choosing BIM services is not as easy as it may seem. You have to take time and interview as many as you can to get the most suitable, who will deliver the work as per the contract and whose charges are reasonable.