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The Key to Successful BIM Implementation

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Introducing building information modelling into your business is a big decision, but one that can reap rewards if done well. Before making any moves it is wise to be sure that you have a firm grasp on what BIM is and how you can best utilise it.

BIM is often referred to as 5D modelling. In other words, it augments traditional 2D drawings into 3D then adds time as a 4th dimension and cost as a 5th. The result is a highly effective resource that can be shared between anyone involved in a project.

On a corporate level, introducing BIM can be used for a multitude of purposes. Aside from producing better designs it can assist with budgeting and pricing, reduce claims and litigation, prevent knowledge loss from construction to operations, improve decision-making processes through better visualisation and so much more.

So, you need to conduct an assessment to establish your intent and operation for BIM uses and implementation, and start by asking the question: is this organisation set up to be successful with BIM?

Its cohesive nature means that this is not simply a decision that affects the design team. Building information models will become integral to each and every member of a project, so you need to ensure the willingness of personnel to embrace this new type of project delivery.

As with any major transition period, it is important that you employ the right people to manage the change. The most ideal candidates are progressive thinkers, fast learners, and able to mentor others as they gain knowledge and expertise.

When it comes to giving BIM its debut, it is best that you try it first with a ‘bread and butter’ project, i.e. one that your company knows how to do inside out. This way there will only be one element of learning involved and you can isolate any issues that arise, solving them quickly and effectively.

Jumping straight into BIM is not always a good idea. The whole point of a transition is the gradual crossover between the old and the new. So don’t be too quick to disown 2D and CAD methods.

Ordinarily you can probably expect to start seeing ROI after just a few months of BIM implementation. But this will only happen if you formulate a comprehensive business strategy that clearly sets out all costs involved before diving in headfirst. Remember that this is not just about new technology – this is a whole new approach to building design.

Through BIM the UK construction industry is undergoing its very own digital revolution that a variety of sectors can reap the benefits, from architects, main contractors, sub contractors, to quantity surveyors and engineers. For more information on the BIM roles we have available, or to discuss a BIM vacancy please contact our specialist consultants today.