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The Way to BIM Roadmap

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Being skilled using a piece of software isn’t enough if you don’t know where that software fits into your overall strategy. (Kilkelly, 2015)

Many firms are frustrated in losing money on their BIM projects. Their projects take too much time or their staffs aren’t working as efficiently as they used to work on traditional methods.

A roadmap matches a firm’s short and long-term strategic goals. It clearly outlines its goals and objectives and takes a close look at all facets of a firm’s BIM strategy.

Ultimately, BIM roadmap tells the top management where they are today and what they need to do to fully leverage BIM use. The roadmap is the firm’s guide to integrating its business strategy with technology and project delivery strategies.

Creating the Roadmap

Firms need to take strategic look at their BIM and technology in different aspects:

Process and workflow:

-        Describe the way to work is done

describe the process from early design stage through construction administration

-        choose the right tools to get the work done

-        examine current roadblocks

-        create process improvement and ways to speed up work without a negative impact on the quality of work

-        Improve standard configuration to increase speed and accuracy

-        Use templates and content libraries to standardize output

-        Find our add-ins or other automation tolls to work more efficiently

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Training

-        Examine all staff and ensure that they are using software to its full potential

-        Plan for update training when new software updates are released

-        Help slow team members who are slowing down the team due to a lack of skills

-        Share tips and tricks throughout the team

Project start-up

-        Create execution plan to ensure all team members of your project (both internally and externally) are on the same page regarding standards and procedures

-        Coordinate work across disciplines

-        Clearly define the project deliverables

Project Close-out

-        Get client approval at the end of the project

-        Archive your files and deliverables

-        Extract content for your libraries and templates

-        Record lessons learned from this project and apply them on current and future projects

Creating a roadmap is a process, not a final destination. Roadmap should be reviewed bi-annually or annually and adjusted to respond to changes in the firm and in the industry as a whole.

As a study case, the Canadian chapter (bSC) of buildingSMART International (bSI), a council of the Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC), has developed a roadmap to prompt, guide and sustain the transformation to a better performing community through the implementation of collaborative, open BIM-based project delivery and lifecycle processes. This transformation should be supported by more collaborative approaches to project delivery based on building information modeling (BIM) tools, technologies and processes that are aligned with other similar initiatives currently under way around the globe.

This roadmap has six principles:

  1. All Canadian  Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owners and Operations( AECOO) community stakeholders, at all levels, must be actively engaged in the transformation;
  2. The technologies, processes and standards supporting the transformation must be rigorously, consistently and continually developed and maintained;
  3. All Canadian AECOO community stakeholders must be educated and trained to ensure that transformation is successful and maintained;
  4. The tools, technology and processes that are developed must be deployed and adopted within a conducive environment across the Canadian AECOO community;
  5. The progression of this transformation must be continuously monitored and evaluated for effectiveness;
  6. The transformation must be sustained by all Canadian AECOO community stakeholders well beyond the initial transformation cycle.

The roadmap articulates these six principles and develops them by setting clear milestones aimed towards a verifiable desired state. It is believed that this roadmap will facilitate the transformation to a better performing industry through collective participation of all its stakeholders.

Bibliography

-         A Roadmap to Lifecycle Building Information Modeling in the Canadian AECOO Community (2014) Available at: https://www.buildingsmartcanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Roadmap-statement-of-Intent_v1.0.pdf  (Accessed: 1 October 2015).

-         Kilkelly, M. (2015) Seven Steps to BIM Better. Available at: http://www.architectmagazine.com/technology/seven-steps-to-bim-better_o  (Accessed: 25 September 2015).

-         Kilkelly, M. (2015) Where’s Your BIM Roadmap Taking You? Available at: http://archsmarter.com/bim-roadmap/  (Accessed: 1 October 2015).

-         Mallasi, Z. (2015) BIM IMPLEMENTATION RPADMAP [BIM Implementation Roadmap at EL-Khereiji Company]. 

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