Answered from either a personal or industry-viewpoint perspective, Best BIM Bad BIM sees a member of the #GlobalBIMCrew divulge their best and worst BIM experiences and what they have learned from both. In today’s instalment, Group Operations Director at BIM consultancy Ibsecad, Mark Robinson, lets you all know what he thinks is best and bad within the BIM sphere, and how we can learn from both the positive and negative.
What is Mark’s Best BIM Experience?
Our [Ibsecad’s] best BIM experience to date is hands down the UBS Fit Out project in Broadgate, London. It is the utopia of early engagement and foresight by both the client and the main contractor in the importance of getting the design co-ordinated and working before engaging with the sub-contractors and trades. We see time and again, incomplete design and its inherent risks being passed straight down the line and people wondering why construction programs are not met.
The BIM industry is doing a good job and making the clients and main contractors realise the importance of investing up front. But it is not happening anywhere near enough and has a long way to go.
What is Mark’s Worst BIM Experience?
My worst experience was on a project where the client bought 3D modelling but did not use it for its true worth. The power of designing in 3D is being able to communicate to others what you have produced (workshops!) and get their buy in to the end product. There is little point in generating a 3D model if no one is going to look it at!
Worst trends in BIM relate to overcomplicating a project with BIM wash. We see a lot of people out there wasting money on things that do little to improve the design and don’t give the builders what they need to get on with construction.
What lessons has Mark learned from both?
Keep the BIM requirements of a project streamlined to assist all involved in reducing their costs rather than increase them due to an overzealous BIM Execution Plan!