To have clear instructions on the scope and scale of the services which have been subcontracted and to be able to execute the work as quickly and effectively as possible so that payments may be claimed in a timely manner. Subcontractors are, typically, much more sensitive to delays in the schedule of payments than the general contractor. With tighter contingencies than the contractor and, often, with less financial resources to support its operations, the subcontractor relies on prompt payment for the materials and services rendered on the project. Add to this the norm in many markets for back-to-back payments where the subcontractor will not be paid until the contractor has first been paid by the owner and it becomes easy to understand how important it is to make well substantiated progress payment claims.
With the introduction of Building Information Modelling to construction, many subcontractors have found that its implementation became an asset to operations with work being more accurate, more coordinated, and completed in less time, with fewer resources and less waste. Others have found BIM to be an unnecessary and costly overhead that hinders progress.
The reason for this discrepancy lies in the implementation and administration of the BIM processes on the project. Unfortunately, software companies have marketed BIM as something that can be purchased and installed on a computer with its benefits materializing at the touch of a button. In reality, experience is required to select the right set of BIM tools to match the scope of work. A collaboration platform must be implemented to get the project participants working together in the BIM environment effectively. A set of BIM standards and processes must be crafted and closely monitored throughout execution to suit the project and to facilitate the work. Relevant BIM experience is highly beneficial as seasoned practitioners have intimate knowledge of best practices, troubleshooting strategies, and proven solutions.
Syntegrate have worked with a wide variety of subcontractors such as reinforced concrete, façade, primary and secondary steel structure, interior partitions, landscaping and water features, temporary works, waterproofing and insulation, medical equipment, extra low voltage, mechanical, electrical and plumbing. Our experience on the implementation and execution of BIM services for these and other subcontractors have been pivotal in facilitating their deliverables, in streamlining their workflow and, most importantly, in creating a positive and lasting return on the subcontractor’s investment in BIM.