BIM is touted for cost-saving measures, but it's vital to understand who has the most to gain and involve them at the right stage of virtual design and construction, David Mitchell writes. Who benefits the most is determined by the type of project and by figuring out who "directly owns the costs of the project at each stage." "If we can create a standard methodology that ensures project teams are involved in BIM at the right stages of design and development, we can bring about leaner building design and construction that will ensure subcontractor costs are more predictable, negotiations are transparent and variations and extension of time are reduced," Mitchell writes.

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