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:
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!
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.
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.