BIM Outsourcing Services VS In-House BIM



Basically, a question that we usually face is whether our clients should outsource BIM services or hire in-house BIM unit. However, the answer, unfortunately, is a little shady when it comes to investment in BIM.

Therefore, Today’s blog post shall assist in bringing a high-level understanding of the pros and cons of the main two types of payroll options: in-house BIM unit development for BIM Modelling and Coordination versus outsourcing to an external BIM service provider.



Firstly, we need to understand the difference between the aforementioned two approaches.
Actually, regarding BIM implementation, we have two main factors, first is the staff, this includes the training, qualification, and payroll.

secondly, is the technology involvement, where this includes the software and hardware involved. Thus, starting from here, in-house BIM solutions require higher staff and technology involvement, while outsourcing BIM requires lower staff and technology involvement.

Nevertheless, most organizations have an option that falls somewhere between each end of the spectrum.

So, in-house BIM teams, for instance, will have an in-depth understanding of your company’s BIM procedures, templates and process, however, they may only offer broad know-how i.e for BIM facility management services and COBie production.

Though, although this is fine for day-to-day operations, it may prove to be problematic when a more specialized skill set is required for certain projects, we can take the previous example in mind.

On the contrary, outsourced BIM service provider teams may lack the basic overview of a company’s BIM internal procedures and workings.

However, you can bet on the fact that they possess a range of BIM advanced expertise that is strict to the point and would help the company immediately.



So, when deciding which avenue to venture down, we often advise prospective clients to consider their project’s BIM scope, deadline, and budget. Thus, to get start thinking about how to design the best BIM payroll process, here are a few questions you might want to ask:
1. What is the level of expertise your firm has regarding allocating current employees to the BIM team?
2. Have you assessed your plan by a qualified BIM Consulting firm in Canada or other like IBIMS Canada?
3. How much is your allocated budget to invest in transferring part or most of your current personal to a BIM oriented team?
4. How long is the new project you will transfer your firm from a CAD environment to a BIM one?
5. Are you really willing to do a transfer or you are just fed up from bad outcomes from the outsourcing team?
6. Are you ready to hand over some (or all) of the control of your valuable information to an outsourcing provider?
7. Would outsourcing affect your current budget control and affect your current team?



Eventually, from our point of view as IBIMS and as a Project Management Professional it is beneficial to consider both ways whether a project is better done in-house BIM or by an outside BIM service provider. Actually, at our office at IBIMS Egypt, we ended up doing most things in-house and hiring outside resources for short-term projects.

But, in the end, if your organization is curious about how an in-house BIM unit creation solution can make ease your BIM transfer or the contrary whether the Outsourcing will do that, visit our BIM Consulting Services to see more details about our approach in assessing your firm. Moreover, IBIMS is currently considered one of the best outsourcing destinations in Egypt for BIM delivery. For more info on how to request an assessment service for your current infrastructure and aiding you having the decision visit us at our contact us page.

Our upcoming post will be on the financial benefits of BIM and ROI return of investment due to using BIM in your firm.

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