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Revealed: How BIM can help procurement managers

BIM a "powerful control mechanism" to quantify project demands in pre-construction stages, expert tells Construction Week

Peter Cheney, managing director, CCS.
Peter Cheney, managing director, CCS.

Building information modeling (BIM) can help construction companies quantify their project's demands, thus reducing monetary and time wastage, if used in the project's planning and pre-construction stages, an industry expert told Construction Week.

Peter Cheney, managing director at Construction Computer Software (CCS) said BIM is a "powerful control machanism" which can help contractors and developers for processes such as tendering and material procurement. 

“What BIM strives to do in the pre-construction stage is to ensure that there is a capacity to not only clearly identify the elements of whatever is being constructed, but to also make them quantifiable," Cheney told Construction Week.

"RevSeeing a 3D or 4D model of what you want to build helps you understand each element in detail, make sure it is accounted for and very clearly defined through not only planning, but also tendering and construction works.


“Each of those elements can be tracked throughout the construction process, which makes BIM a powerful control mechanism to help you see what element you need and how much of it you need for the given project,” Cheney explained.

“Critically, BIM tells you when you need to procure any given material or element. Without BIM, it is difficult to transport that knowledge across all construction parties at the same time, and that could lead to them either not procuring the right material, not procuring enough of it, or procuring it at the wrong stage in the project.”

CCS is a manufacturer of construction cost softwares, and the firm's products have previously been used on projects such as Dubai Mall and Souk Madinat Jumeirah. 


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