Outsourcing Revit modeling services pays off for these BIM tasks
Finding out which BIM projects are worth subcontracting with minimal number of communication cycles and quick setups
Subcontracting tasks and not complete projects.Focusing on the tasks that are online friendly.
You have prepared a BIM project to send out, sorted out the communication and technical sides of your BIM workflow, tested your Revit consultant or subcontractor with a sample project. Congrats, because that’s already half the battle won.
But I would bet the results coming back are not what you had hoped for. Even worse, the Revit files are probably full of errors and information that has nothing to do with the scope. What could be wrong?
Many things of course, but if you don’t want to make a science out of the process, or simply don’t have months on hand to sort out all the nuances of subcontracting Revit projects from start to finish, there is a much easier and more reasonable alternative you should consider.
The trick? Stop sendnig out complete project phases to your subcontractor. It takes substantially more time and effort to train someone all the required codes and workflows than it takes to do what we describe as task based BIM subcontracting. The process which boils down to selecting few tasks tested for repeatability and quality, that actually pay off when you use outsourced Revit modeling services.
The result is your supercharged in house BIM team with capacity to handle larger projects and new energy gained by eliminating dull repetitive Revit BIM tasks. We took over 10 years of experimenting in this field as a reference and perfected the concept of packaged BIM services or tasks that can be easily subcontracted.
We advise our clients to use Revit modeling services if the following key elements are in place
You have a single and always the same point of contact you subcontract to
For one task, you have a single task brief accompanied by a “technical” one with all the necessary elements covered (LOD etc.)
You can transfer the data in one round from your office to the consultant
The data being transferred contains only the data elements needed. No redundant data gets passed on to the consultant.
Single QA/QC check point by your BIM consultant which is ideally the same as your point of contact.
You can stick to a schedule for the final delivery of data back to your project leader
You can test on a small task and confidently multiply the needed hours for a larger one with minimal error margin
All this with the idea of eliminating the need for endles email pushing, skype calls and rework of the delivered product known as the BIM model.
This method saves a lot of highly valued time for engineers and architects, but it has one drawback. It is the limited variety of tasks that can be automated in such a way. Below is the list of some BIM tasks we outsource to Archijoy daily, simply because they work.
Subcontract Revit tasks that we have tested and proven to work
General Revit modeling from different reference documents with the aim of making a clean BIM model ready for different use scenarios
Revit detailing of building elements and sections based on work in progress BIM models and sketches from consultants
As built modeling using 3D laser scanner generated point clouds usually called scan to BIM
Steel detailing using Revit BIM models as a reference
Scheduling and data integration using provided documentation or web sources
Don’t fall into a trap of thinking just because your day to day work looks repetitive, that fact alone qualifies it for a subcontractor which will conduct Revit modeling services for you.
Here is a simple example approach to subcontract Revit architectural detailing properly
Your in house architect is detailing wall sections of a typical wooden house that already went through the hands of a structural engineer and has main elements dimensioned. It would probably take him half an hour to detail one section. If there are 5 section types, but hundreds of them in total, math and economy suggests this is a task worth subcontracting to qualified person with a lower pay grade.
I want to use Revit modeling services, but will the tasks I have on mind work?
We get it…it took our team years to figure that one out. You can take the framework we laid out in “Revit managers guide to subcontracting BIM projects the right way” webinar or simply get in touch with our project manager and pick his brains with your idea. Tens of happy professionals can’t be all wrong. They use Archijoy Revit modeling services daily for a reason.
We test new ideas and workflows before we use them in production. This is what makes our customers happy and stress free. We hope this article opened your eyes to the right way of using outsourced Revit modeling services.