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  • Writer's pictureLuke Lim

Why using BIM design in your construction tenders is a great idea

A guide to boosting your construction tender game using construction animation

Traditionally tender bids have seen a contractor create a design and name their price for bringing their design to life. The design has been a 2D plan which can be left wide open for interpretation.

This traditional tendering method can (and often does) lead to confusion and mistakes, with unclear communication between the designers (architects), contractors (builders) and the clients.

The result is often the contractor completing a project where the client isn’t happy or requests multiple changes throughout the project, leading to increased time, costs and delays in completing the project.

Using BIM for tenders ensures all parties are on the same page from the start of the project – even before dirt is moved!

What is BIM design?

Building Information Modelling (BIM) uses 3D models to ensure consistency in the planning, design and construction phases. 3D models are made for all aspects of the building, from the architecture, structure and electrical to interior design and landscaping.

BIM design allows contractors to show their clients accurate cost predictions as they have pre-built the project and can determine the correct materials needed for each stage.

It’s also an excellent way for a designer to bring their project to life during the tendering phase, so the client can see the vision and suggest any changes before construction begins.

BIM Design for Construction tender bids Infographic

Why is BIM design better than traditional 2D methods of construction tendering?

BIM helps you create a virtual building, capturing your project in its entirety and offering valuable information to each contractor throughout the project. From cost estimations, planning and project management to operations and upkeep of the building, BIM helps projects run smoothly.

  • Improve coordination and communication

  • Easy changes to design preconstruction

  • Better cost estimates, easy planning and project management

  • Early detection of errors to save time reworking

  • Highlight clashes of trades to plan workflow

How you can use BIM design to improve your construction tender

When you use BIM design in your construction tender, you can confidentially give your client a price for their project.

You’ve worked out each stage of the building and the materials and contractors needed so that you can give an accurate cost for each stage and the overall project.

Your clients will also appreciate that the finished building will be what they were shown at tender.

When you use BIM, your clients can visualise your construction methodology. Traditionally, it’s hard for anyone to ‘see’ a concept from a simple 2D plan or written methodology. But paired with a set of 3D staging plans and even a 4D construction sequencing animation, your clients can easily understand your methodology and see the building come to life in a month-by-month step. Changes can be made in the preconstruction phase rather than disrupting building and reworking plans.

You’ll find BIM design helps with:

  • Better understanding so you can win more tenders and get your projects started quicker

  • Minimising risk – design flaws, safety elements and other problems are detected pre-construction

  • Enhanced communication between all parties

  • Improved project planning – site coordination, trades, deliveries, traffic flow

A real-life example of how BIM design (3D construction animation) works

Our client was tendering for Korowa Anglican, which included site accessibility challenges, school hour restrictions, and 3 construction zones to be built simultaneously to a tight construction deadline.

Using BIM design and 3D construction animation in construction tenders

Would you like to improve your construction tenders using BIM design and 3D animation?

Please get in touch today to see the various solutions we offer businesses that want to up their tender construction game. Our technology has helped clients win tenders from $5 to $200M.


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