BIM Outsourcing vs Employment

BIM Outsourcing: Why do companies do it?

BIM Outsourcing is the act of delegating BIM processes to a professional agency. When a business outsources their BIM processes, they benefit from a lower (total) cost of employment, improved quality of work, and reduced work lead-time.

Top 5 reasons for outsourcing bim

1. manage employee turnover

According to a Gallup poll, 1 in 5 millenials say that they have changed jobs within the past year. Such job changes are highly disruptive to businesses that have spent time and resources on developing an employee.

Adopting an outsourcing model will help you mitigate the risks that come with investment in employee development.  A skilled professional will be able to start working on your project deadlines immediately without additional investments in training.

2. standardise bim workflows

AcePLP professionals share a common BIM standard that allows them to communicate effectively across building disciplines. In the event of an employee transition, project handover becomes a seamless process.

3. Lower operational costs

The deceptively lower costs associated with hiring a full-time unskilled employee often catches employers by surprise. Besides paying for employee salary, businesses also need to account for training costs, employee engagement activities, employer CPF, insurance, and more. These costs can balloon to 50% of the original salary of the employee.

Due to an acute shortage in skilled BIM professionals globally, businesses often find themselves losing the skilled BIM talents that they have painstakingly invested training resources on. In reality, there is little employers can do to restrict a trained employee from leaving for greener pastures.

Businesses who would like to recruit a full-time BIM modeller under their employment can arrange with AcePLP accordingly.

4. focus on core business

BIM is not the core business of many of the clients that we work with. Some are design consultants, while others are contractors who work on-site. They have no need to engage with BIM models on a daily basis, as it is not fundamental to their primary scope of work. In such cases, it is financially prudent to outsource BIM works to a third-party agency who can complete the job on-time and at a lower cost.

5. access to bim resources

Apart from investing in employee training, the implementation of BIM workflows also requires investment in software and hardware resources. Some of these software can be prohibitively expensive – particularly if businesses only need them for a short period of time to complete BIM submissions.

A professional BIM outsourcing agency would already have these resources ready on hand. Companies who engage with a BIM agency would not have to worry about software licencing needs and hardware purchasing costs.


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