Your BIM Journey

Your BIM Journey

 

BIM is a very wide-reaching subject, it affects every aspect of design, construction and the management of a facility.

The first steps into anything new are always the most difficult ones: you will have the fear of the unknown. 

As you continue along your BIM journey, you will increase your knowledge and develop your own individual approaches. There isn’t a single correct way of “doing” BIM. It’s evolving and will continue to evolve. We will develop better and more efficient ways of developing, delivering and using our information models. Remember:

  • You should maintain a critical mind, don’t blindly accept statements without understanding the evidence.
  • Try to keep everything as simple as possible. BIM can appear complicated, so don’t add unnecessary requirements. Only request the information that you require and keep your requirements unambiguous and clear. If you are finding it hard to describe your requirements, then it’s often a sign that you don’t fully understand something, or you don’t really know what you require.
  • Your data should be structured and ordered, this allows objective validation of the data and reliable and accurate assessments.
  • And finally, continue to learn and share your knowledge. Learn from your mistakes, don’t worry, we have all made them. Improve your processes. The cumulative benefits will become evident and will benefit your organisation. Learn more about the data within the model and the possible ways that you can use that data. Then take this knowledge and share it with others within your organisation, but also share it with those outside of your organisation. We all need to improve and find new and better ways of using the available technology. If we all move forward together, we will increase the rate of innovation from which we will all benefit.

 

Collaboration

Collaboration is the glue that binds us all into this new way of working. Collaboration is absolutely essential to all successful BIM projects.

Every step should involve collaboration, either between teams within your organisation or with your design and construction suppliers during the delivery of a new project.

The foundations for effective collaboration during the delivery of a project is having clear and unambiguous information. Information that defines exactly what you require and when you require it from your team.

This can only be provided through a comprehensive and well developed EIR and, of course, if you need professional assistance with this, then Bimsense would be happy to help!

 

Long-Term Benefits

Direct benefits that you and your organisation will obtain from BIM include easy access to information about your facility throughout the design and during the use of your building.

Efficiencies during the design stages make it more likely that you will get the facility that meets your organisational needs and reduce the risk of costly and time-consuming design changes.

There are the benefits of delivering a safe building, in which hazards are identified and eliminated. And the way these benefits continue throughout the life of your facility, enabling you to simply access, assess and manage your maintenance activities.

These long-term benefits increase the return on your BIM investment.

I’m convinced that these benefits will turn out to be just the tip of the iceberg. When the internet (or, more accurately, the world wide web) came into existence in 1989, nobody could have predicted the effects that are continuing to be felt, such as social media, the smartphone and many aspects of collaborative BIM.

BIM will continue to evolve, its reach will widen and we discover innovative beneficial uses of the data models.

 

Technological Evolution

Anecdotally, it appears that technology is evolving at an ever-increasing rate. This can be seen as concerning and problematic, introducing questions such as how can I ever keep up with the technological changes?

It’s clear to me that if you continue doing things the same way as you have always done, then it will not be possible to keep up with and benefit from, technological changes.

You need to experiment and introduce a whole suite of tools, with BIM being one of those tools, to enable you to move and adapt in an agile way.

One useful tool for keeping up with the advances in technology is to gather information from trustworthy sources if you want to be kept informed of the latest developments at Bimsense, please sign-up to our newsletter.

I wish you all the best in your BIM journey, I hope it’s successful and that it provides you and your organisation with the benefits that are available. And I hope that, in turn, we all make a small contribution to improving construction.

 

Other Relevant Resources:

BIMToolbox (Free BIM Resources)

BIM for Estates (Our Amazon Best-Selling Book)

BIM Glossary of Terms

 

Author: Ian Yeo
Editor: Alison Rolfe
Published: 5 Apr 2019
Last Updated: 5 Apr 2019

 

 

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