I frequently hear about how this type of projects and this type of contract is not adequate for BIM. I would say whatever the type of project, just do it and be smart. Don’t just apply a recipe your learned on the web. Use your experience and your imagination. Who would be against optimizing workflows, reducing rework, facilitate communications? Not me.
I believe BIM applies to a project sizes and complexity. Once your start taking control on the tools and that you see windows for optimization in your processes, you’ll never go back to just draw lines on a screen end extensive use of Excel spreadsheets.
To call it BIM, you need at least to have a 3D model. Well you don’t have to, but it goes well with the Modeling part of the acronym. If you work with a database but it’s not linked to a 3D model, it’s just called data management.
The fun part in most of 3D authoring softwares is that they use databases to store information. Some modeling tools allow users to access this database to get information or to add information to it. Because objects are parametric and can be tagged, now you do more than just draw a 3D model with pretty rendering.
All this being said, once you have a 3D model with tons of informations, there’s few limits to what you can achieve. It all depends on your needs: scheduling, quantities/costs, procurement, facility management, the limit is your imagination. You just need to gather around you the right people to support your vision and acheive your goals.
Go ahead, challenge your consultants, contractors and employees. Ask them to do better. You’ll figure out that BIM is not only a fancy marketing acronym.