Reduced personnel costs: BIM pays off for construction companies!

More than 60 percent of value added in the construction business is generated by the use of personnel. Increasing productivity and reducing personnel costs are therefore particularly interesting for the self-employed, managing directors and construction workers with personnel responsibility. Even a slight deterioration in personnel productivity can have a highly sensitive effect on earnings. Those responsible for budgets want to protect themselves against this.

Focus on productivity and efficiency

Since the digitisation of the construction industry is currently being introduced in small steps, too little attention is being paid to personnel productivity and thus to personnel costs. Many companies are not yet taking advantage of the opportunities offered by productivity increases. Or they are gambled away. There are many reasons why opportunities are not seized. Poor company organisation, outdated company structures, lack of qualifications, lack of motivation, overloaded employees or a bad working atmosphere. This can lead to employees of poorly positioned companies only working up to 70% productive hours. An immense loss of valuable resources.

Start BIM - and reduce your personnel costs!

The digitisation of the construction industry and the associated planning method BIM are not miracle weapons against all these problems. A first defensive attitude against BIM is understandable. Money must be taken in hand: For qualifications, programs and if necessary even new jobs, such as a BIM manager. The complexity of construction planning and the necessary coordination make the introduction of BIM difficult. However, a partner in the form of a consulting firm or a BIM-experienced colleague can help here. After all, the use of BIM supports everyday work, motivates and at the same time safeguards.

Efficient management of personnel resources

Avoid additional effort and personnel costs thanks to BIM!

BIM reduces personnel costs

BIM helps to plan ahead. This avoids construction and planning errors. Unnecessary additional costs due to corrections, coordination, etc. are avoided. Therefore, reliable planning by BIM, especially for larger construction projects, justifies the expense for companies.

BIM users and BIM non-users were almost in agreement on the topic of cost savings in personnel through BIM. BIM has a positive effect on the personnel cost centre. 52 percent of BIM non-users hope to save personnel costs. 61 percent of BIM users expect personnel costs to decrease. Companies that have already established BIM confirm this statement by BIM users.

61 percent of respondents were able to reduce their working hours with BIM. The result: lower personnel costs thanks to BIM.

Avoid unproductive hours through smart planning

Despite the use of the BIM planning method, the hourly planning effort remains the same, ideally it even increases. However, the predictive BIM planning avoids correction cycles, which leads to significant cost savings, especially in the course of the project - without the knowledge that they have been saved. The overall profitability of building products is also increased.

BIM supports one of the most important approaches to increasing productivity: work organisation. Unproductive travel times, frequent spontaneous purchases of additional building materials, set-up and control times or poor warehouse coordination are all reasons why labour productivity decreases during the construction process. These unproductive hours take up approx. 5 - 7.5 percent of the loss. 30 to 45 minutes a day is an unnecessary waste of time. In unorganized companies, the number of unproductive hours can even rise to 90 minutes per day. This can be counteracted in the foresighted planning with BIM.

Big open BIM for more productivity

High compatibility High flexibility. High efficiency.

BIM supports planners and other construction actors in the planning phase as well as in the subsequent construction phase. The digital twin offers holistic information. The component management system from BIMsystems can also be used, for example, to create milestones and tasks for the digital building. Thus, the organizational factor increases through BIM. Unnecessary personnel costs are spared.

In addition, BIM offers various application possibilities - be it little closed BIM or big open BIM.

Big open BIM describes the planning process in which different specialist planners can access the digital building model in different software environments and in different phases. By means of the component management system, various specialist planners can access the data model in real time. And collaborate without using IFC.

In this way, different teams can work in parallel. Waiting times are massively reduced. And the work is distributed more efficiently. Due to the high degree of collaboration in the BMS, building costs and error costs are also reduced. This is because planning errors are detected prematurely.

Experts from the various fields can put the digital twin of the building through its paces and check it for defects. 73 percent of the building actors expect a reduction in error costs due to BIM.

Software-based construction and planning is not a panacea for escalating costs. Holistic measures are required to get the problem of unplanned costs under control. However, BIM can provide support and assistance here.

Recognize efficiency potentials and increase them with BIMsystems

The increased collaboration functions give the participating building actors increasing flexibility in their work. This flexibility also enables them to identify and exploit new efficiency potentials. BIM planning thus also lays the first foundation stone for more efficient building operation.

The exact building model in the form of the digital twin also enables a more intensive exchange of information between the participants. Materials and components, for example, can also be prepared or pre-assembled. Material usage, assembly times and productivity on the construction site itself are thus optimized.

Effect of the component management system on personnel costs

Thanks to the BMS, big open BIM with high compatibility is enabled. This provides planners, component manufacturers and general contractors with numerous advantages:

  • Fast adaptation of existing planning

  • Improvement of data & planning quality

  • Improved coordination and optimization of workflows

  • Faster project completion

  • Reduction of error sources

  • Increased productivity

  • Ensuring cost security

  • New Product-Related Services & Services

  • Improved & direct contact with decision makers for faster decision-making processes

  • Transparent presentation & comparability of the unique selling points of the products

All these benefits contribute to increased productivity and ultimately lower personnel costs. In the first turn, the construction players have to invest in the use of BIM. But this investment is worth it! The studies prove that BIM pays off. Above all, the use of big open BIM will dominate the industry. Get on the BIM bandwagon now - and benefit from the digitisation of the construction industry.

Digital transformation for the construction industry thanks to the BMS

Further advantages of BIM can also be found in our blog article "BIM 2019-2022: Potentials for the construction industry".


  • Architekturpraxis Bauökonomie - Grundlagenwissen für die Planungs-, Bau- und Nutzungsphase sowie Wirtschaftlichkeit im Planungsbüro (Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden

  • BIM-Monitor 2017 (BauInfoConsult)

Marcel Volm | Senior Marketing Manager at BIMsystems


Marcel Volm

Senior Marketing Manager at BIMsystems

Marcel is BIMsystems' contact person for marketing and communication. He opens our doors. Customers, partners and interested parties receive exciting content and personal impressions. Translating technical slang is his daily bread - so that people out there understand us.

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