Building information modeling (BIM) is slowly changing the way building projects are approached, however it has yet to catch fire in the home building industry. Here are a few of the holdups.

1. Expertise

There isn't a ton of BIM expertise out there—especially in the home building sector. It is a relatively new technology and can be complicated to grasp, so there tends to be a natural reluctance to take BIM on.

2. Software Cost

The upfront costs for hardware, software, training, and implementation can be pretty hefty. Six digits hefty. This perceived cost and risk of spending money before actually saving any can be a turn-off for first time BIM users.

3. Workflow control

Keeping tabs on and controlling input into a BIM model can be a daunting task. Many different parties must be able to use the model, so access protocols are a must. Finding a BIM manager can be tough, though, as the person in that position assumes a large amount of risk and requires expertise in a niche field.

4. The J-Curve

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Image courtesy anglconsulting.com.

Most BIM implementations end up following the J-Curve, as BIM promises higher returns, but further down the road. The initial software costs, steep learning curve, and complete change in workflow all contribute to the early hump that must be overcome when implementing BIM. ANGL Consulting offers advice on how to beat the J-Curve.

Andrew Knight is a content producer at Hanley Wood Media. Tweet him at @AndrewKnight_HW.