Best BIM Bad BIM: Chris Van Essen

Best BIM Bad BIM - Chris Van Essen

Best BIM Bad BIM is back! Answered from either a personal or industry-viewpoint perspective, BBBB sees a member of the #GlobalBIMCrew divulge their best and worst BIM experiences and what they learned from each. This week, Stride Treglown’s Senior Architectural Technologist, Chris Van Essen discusses his most fulfilling Building Information Modelling project and the importance of communication.

Chris’ Best BIM experience?

Starting from the beginning on the landmark RNLI Boat Building Facility Level 2 BIM project and seeing it grow into a construction federated model back in 2013. The project was a great learning tool for future projects with all parties involved. The ability to have co-ordinated information from an early stage and being able to produce developed design information is paramount. It’s great to see the project in its entirety and how its proceeded heavily into the construction phase. It’s going to be interesting to see how the contractor takes it to FM BIM requirements.

I will always use this project as a benchmark for co-ordinated information and share the knowledge I have obtained for all future projects.

Chris’ Worst BIM experience?

My worst experience seems to be a reoccurring theme working with various consultants who have not signed up to BIM yet. The biggest frustration with this scenario is working with design team members who like talking the talk, but not walking the walk. We as an industry should not be looking to be dishonest to get work, it should be embraced and help offered where needed.

This is not only a problem that will cause delays, but will also damage reputations and working relationships.

I’ve recently worked on a project where the requirement was to identify various steelwork and ductwork clashes. This process on such a large scheme needed to be more efficient and streamlined. Going through thousands of clashes the traditional way is tedious. The only way to eradicate this problem is to educate the industry and design team members, this takes time but will be extremely valuable for the future.

What lessons has Chris learned from both?

Each project needs to make sure the design team understands from the beginning, what they are getting involved in. Not to mention what outputs will be delivered to the client. A clear BIM strategy sets out the expectations for each design team member, this can and will lead to a better project starting point. Eliminating the consequences of poor communication and disjointed information is half the battle with capital and operational expenditure. The bottom line; efficiency and communication is the key to a successful project.

Try not to complicate the BIM world, it needs to be kept simple and to the point. The output is deliverable information that is accurate, free from errors, reduces costs and provides the client with over and above their expectations. This in turn will lead to consistent and repetitive revenue.

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