Opinion

Three Tips for Looking Towards BIM Implementation

 

As the required use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) within projects swiftly approaches, many companies are vocal about their hesitations and concerns of using this method of collaboration. Yet BIM is coming and businesses must look at this method of collaboration realistically, considering its positive benefits, whilst taking into account concerns or potential risks. For this there are some key tips in order to change the perspective towards BIM so that necessary actions as well as potential benefits can be fully realised.

Make sure the company has a full understanding of current conditions & methods

As with any other change in company processes, in order to move forward with this new system, it is necessary to have a full understanding of the current processes for project collaborations. It the current system is not understood, plans for implementation will be insufficient, which inevitably will result in more friction within the actual implementation of BIM. When the company has a full understanding of the current tools and workflows that people utilise, then the worker needs fulfilled by these tools or workflows can be addressed within BIM implementation, making adoption of BIM processes less disruptive to workers habits and business productivity.

BIM software will not be the highest cost for businesses, the change management will be.

Many companies are only considering the cost of the software which will be necessary in order to engage in BIM. While this is receiving much criticism as a forced additional business expenditure, those who only consider the software as the cost of BIM are fundamentally missing the purpose that BIM serves within their cost allocations. Building Information Modelling (BIM) is intended to change the very processes by which project teams collaborate and have open communications, enabling a project to be traced through production, inevitably resulting in an asset management tool.

Many companies think the IT team will lead this change – This should be a whole company effort

While it is becoming a common misperception that a company’s IT department should lead on the implementation of BIM, this is incorrect. The IT team is inevitably integral to the implementation of software, and will need to evaluate the capabilities of the current computer systems in order to make sure that BIM can be utilised on computers whilst being able to accommodate other computer functioning. Yet, if the implementation plans do not start with the leaders, and managers, there will be an increased friction amongst staff, as it would appear that the IT team is forcing software conversions instead of the company as a whole implementing a system of project procedures for the goal of increase collaboration between project teams.

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