Architects, engineers and construction experts within the Building Information Modelling sector all have full tanks of fuel and are revving their engines as the race intensifies towards 2016, when the UK government’s BIM mandate comes into full effect.
In preparation for 2016, The BIM Hub have provided a list of 10 guidelines for companies who have stalled when it comes to BIM adoption in order to get them back on the road to winning bids and beating their competition using the most sophisticated, modern technology.
The BIM Hub discussed each guideline with industry experts from two architecture practices (Allies and Morrison and Pozzoni Architects) and two engineering firms (Mott McDonald and Ramboll) to give readers a wider understanding of how BIM adoption should be carried out from various viewpoints within the BIM community.
The first straight-to-the-point statement on the list is toget over the price and time taken to implement new softwares. Stephen Griffin, Director at Allies and Morrison thinks the the price of BIM software is irrelevant, it is the price of a project that should be considered, and the savings that BIM enables a company to make. He said: “BIM is about a process and that’s where the real cost will be. There’s really only one way of benefiting from the process and that’s to have a fully integrated internal and external team.”
Griffin also spoke about the importance of assessing where your company is currently at. For example, if most in the company don’t have complex IT know-how, you can’t expect everyone to understand BIM software right away. Realising this and implementing ways to get your team up to speed is crucial, instead of just letting project teams get on with it. He elaborated:
“BIM is about taking the tools and workflows that people are using and changing to a more transparent and collaborative way of working. You need to ascertain as much information about the technology and the process that you want to go towards, but first you need to understand the current situation in your office or practice.”
As simple as it may sound, making a plan is another key point to consider as failing to prepare leaves companies preparing to fail. Engineering Director at Mott McDonald, Mark Enzer reflected on this simple notion in more detail, which goes hand-in-hand with the fifth guideline of learning about the technology at your own speed. He stated: “We decided to hold a global BIM summit. We brought people from around the world together, locked them in a room for the best part of a week, and ran through all of the technology and cultural issues we needed to address. For each one, we asked, ‘Is it important, is it a priority, and if so, what do we have to do about it?’”
Another consideration, dependent on budget, is to also use the highest spec computers possible. Getting to grips with BIMs is hard enough as it is for some staff, so purchasing the right equipment makes learning easier. Ramboll’s Lee Zebedee commented on this: “Whenever we have a new starter, we buy the highest-spec model that’s available within our budget at the time and filter all the machines down. Sometimes a machine will be swapped out three or four times. So the super-user gets a new machine, and their computer goes to an engineer who needs reasonable power, and their machine goes to a graduate or someone requiring less power, and the new starter or admin person gets their old machine.
“It’s a bit of a headache for IT, but it saves an absolute fortune because you can effectively upgrade four people for the price of one machine. And it means the super-users are always using the best computer possible.”
Read the entire blog post of guidelines here.