A Lebanese holding a bachelor’s degree in architecture and RIBA Stage 2 validation. As a member of the BIM community, I also hold the Autodesk Certification and the ISO 19650 certificate. Since January 2023, I have held the position of BIM Manager at Al Bawani Contractor Company in Saudi Arabia. Before that, I held the post of Senior Architect and Project BIM Manager at Khatib & Alami for three years, managing multidisciplinary design and coordination activities on large-scale projects, with several types of projects (educational, hospitality, residential…). Most projects were assigned by international clients including the Red Sea Development Company.
I have also applied BIM software to the teams of several engineering companies and started working to develop their standards, implementing, and managing BIM Revit projects since 2013, when I started running this post at Laceco, an architect and engineering company. I taught Revit courses to all disciplines, particularly architects, structural engineers, and landscape architects, and assisted in the implementation of all disciplines to work on various types of projects.
What to expect during the event
The use of building information modeling (BIM), can vary depending on whether it is being used by a consultancy or a contactor in the construction industry.
Here is some difference between the two:
Scope of work:
Consultancies typically use BIM for design and engineering purposes while contractors are it for construction and project management.
Level of detail
Consultancies tend to focus on creating detailed 3D models that be used for visualization and analysis as per LOD 200 and LOD 300. while contractures priories models that provide information on construction sequencing, scheduling and cost estimation as per LOD 400 and LOD 500
Consultancies often use BIM for collaboration with other consultant ants, while contactors may use it for collaboration with subcontractors, suppliers and clients.
Consultancies are responsible for creating and minting the BIM models during the design phase, while contractors are responsible for managing the BIM models during construction and ensuring that it is updated and accurate.
Software and tools:
Consultancies may use different BIM software and tools than contractor, depending of their specific needs and preference.
All the BIM document started for the consultant side from the fired stage and developing it with the client while the contractor will start working on them when the consultant finishes their phase. Overall, BIM documents are an important tool for consultants in managing the design and planning of the construction process, ensuring accuracy and efficiency, and reducing the risk of errors and delays.
In terms of Building Information Modeling (BIM), it is difficult to say which is more advanced, contractors or consultants, as both play important roles in the implementation of BIM in the construction industry.
Consultants typically focus on the design and planning phase of the construction project, using BIM to create detailed and accurate models of the project. This requires a high level of expertise in BIM software and tools, as well as a deep understanding of the project requirements.
Contractors, on the other hand, typically use BIM during the construction phase of the project, using the models created by consultants to manage the construction process more efficiently. This requires a strong understanding of BIM workflows and management, as well as the ability to coordinate with other stakeholders involved in the project.
Overall, both contractors and consultants require advanced BIM knowledge to be successful in their roles. The specific level of expertise required will depend on the specific needs and requirements of the construction project.
BIM from the Consultant and Contractor Perspective