Opinion

Do Not Share BIM Models

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This appears to be the policy of some companies; I don’t understand it because BIM’s foundation is essentially that you can and should share everything. Saying that, I understand that people have differing opinions and I’m always interested in understanding every angle so I can make informed decisions.

 Here are some viewpoints that I have come across:

  1. “We have spent so much on BIM development and we are scared that others will      steal the IP”
  2. “We are worried that the model will be used against us because it offers more      detail than the .pdf drawings”
  3. “We have oversold our ability and feel the model is not up to scratch. Sharing the model will expose this”
  4. “We haven’t been contracted to share”

For anyone who has any of these views then these might be some options for you:

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  1. If you are worried about your IP then know who your model is going to. Ordinarily the recipients don’t do your line of work and so they are not interested in your families.
  2. Place a disclaimer on your model saying that the PDF documents take precedence.
  3. Setup an easy sharing system then you won’t spend any time sharing models. This will save you time and make your work more accurate.

Please note: there are intended as constructive observations. Any feedback or points of view will be greatly appreciated.

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Jessica Lucas

Karl is a Director of Draftech Developments who specialises in filling the holes in the BIM workflow by providing BIM Consulting, Design Modelling and Shop Detailing services on projects with a bias towards the MEP&F fields. Karl is a BIM advocate who is a regular speaker on the subject backed by the 100% commitment from his company. Learn more

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