In addition, models need constant maintenance because they are a living document. Making sure you are working with the most accurate set of information can be a time consuming task. "Just as we measure twice and cut once, we should have trust in the model, but we should never have faith in the model," said Rosado.
Looking toward the future
In many markets across the country, BIM is already becoming the platform of choice, so it is important to begin understanding the software or your firm could get left behind. As more companies pursue ways to "go green," some are envisioning paperless jobsites and BIM is a tool that could make this a reality. "In the coming years, we will see the position of 'model manager,'" said Rosado. "As more firms incorporate BIM into their toolkit, it will be critically important to have an individual coordinating all the data to make BIM work at its optimal level."