BIM Selection Guide

When you are implementing a BIM home design software solution you have many factors to consider so you make the best decision for your team. Here is a good guide to help you find a solution that matches your needs.

  1. What is the problem you are trying to solve with BIM?
    • Define your business needs to very specific points so you can narrow down your selections easier.
      • Where exactly do you need to be more efficient and how can software make that happen?
      • What creatives, customer experiences are you hoping to gain?
        • Renderings for your site
        • VR experiences in your showroom
        • Mobile App to share visuals
    • What collaborations/integrations are important in your process? Do you need to share information with;
      • Permits office
      • Truss designer
      • Kitchen studio
      • POS
      • ERP
  1. From that problem-solving exercise, make a list of goals and requirements that becomes your guide. The list should be prioritized from “Absolute Need” to “Would be nice if…”. It is important to keep the focus on your priorities and not the bells and whistles that aren’t a priority.
  2. Download a trial. A trial is a good way to get introduced to a solution. Ensure you take advantage of the trial period and set time aside before it runs out. If they don’t offer a downloadable trial that is warning bell number one…
  3. Request a personalized demonstration. Come prepared with a list of questions. Questions the trial evoked or that are related to your business needs. Don’t be afraid to interject and take control of what you need to see during the demonstration, not just what they want to show you. I would suggest booking a personalized demo during your downloadable trial period, so you can try some of the items you learned during the demonstration.
  4. Implementation Strategy. Is this a solution your current team can handle? How can you implement this as smoothly as possible? See this Implementation Guide:
    • What is your hard date for wanting it implemented and is the BIM provider able to deliver?
  5. What level of support and services are provided?
    • Toll-free Support, free but long distance fees or pay as you go?
    • Training options – online, classroom, customized on site?
  6. What are the system requirements, and do you need to upgrade hardware first?
  7. Talk to other companies using the system and get their first-hand knowledge. Ask the solution provider for testimonials and references you can speak to about your goals.
  8. What is your budget and how will you pay? Subscription vs. Full purchase. Look at various levels of software. For more on whether renting or purchasing a solution is best for your business read this article: