Within the construction industry, BIM is a topic of much confusion and misunderstanding. There have been many articles and blogs written about BIM which never really answer the question: What is BIM? Over the course of this article IKO Technical advisor Hema Mistry will endeavor to explain what BIM is and how to approach the subject of implementing BIM into the work place.
BIM is a collaborative way of working, underpinned by the digital technologies which unlock more efficient methods of designing, creating and maintaining assets. BIM embeds key product and asset data within a 3-dimensinal model that can be used by all members of the industry for effective management of information throughout a project lifecycle.
1. Putting the case for BIM
No process of change management is without its risks – understanding and mitigating these is therefore an essential precursor to developing a business case for BIM implementation – BIM Execution Plan. This document should crystallise why you want to implement BIM in your business with a focus on clear, measurable outcomes.
2. Assessing the changes
With a clear plan about what you’re hoping to achieve you can start to focus on researching and assessing what you actually have to do to realize it. Changes will likely be needed when it comes to the structure of your business as teams are adjusted to meet new demands for shareable information across the project lifecycle.
3. Developing a strategic plan
With a clearer understanding of the way ahead come the practicalities of developing a comprehensive roadmap through strategic planning. How much will it all cost? One of the most commonly talked about topics to do with BIM is software and how to choose the right software. The choice ultimately comes down to the research.
4. Making change happen
It is the BIM Execution Plan that will set out how your project will be run and how the required information will be documented with reference to a raft of appropriate standards. With the plan codified its then up to you to determine where it should be implemented – across a range of test projects or phased across the business or in line with a specific goal or objective?
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