Best BIM Bad BIM: Rebecca De Cicco

Credit: KSS
Credit: KSS

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. In this week’s instalment, Director of Digital Node, Rebecca De Cicco discusses her rewarding work with young people, her BIM “bug bear” and how communication is the “key to a successful business”.

Rebecca’s Best BIM Experience?

I have been working with larger clients to support their BIM implementation and standards. It is quite the challenge to understand particular client needs; these needs vary considerably between the nature and scale of organisations so it is a real challenge and a steep learning curve understanding individual requirements. As an experience, this helps me to grow my knowledge on a BIM capacity, share my expertise and also allow for a more productive and efficient process on building projects, which will help support their company growth.

I also love to work with young people. Schools and Universities are becoming increasingly sophisticated with their approach to curriculum (and the Design Engineer Construct Program is becoming increasingly more popular) and this is a really exciting time as we’ll have a good community of young people in the Construction industry leading to 2025. These younglings will both acknowledge and challenge the way we use technology and how we design buildings.

BIM experience is varied for me as a consultant. I am finding that all projects vary by scale, type and process and therefore I feel extremely lucky that I can work with advanced users as well as those first starting out on their BIM journey.

Rebecca’s Worst BIM Experience?

I don’t believe there is one focused bad experience when it comes to BIM as we are all on a steep learning curve and trying to make ourselves and our individual companies more productive in doing so. I am technical so my main bug bear is when consultants don’t understand the level of development discussion and how we ‘use’ our model data. It is frustrating trying to implement a process to those people who do not understand how important it is to outline clearly what is required and for what use. This again is a huge challenge for me as I am working on both sides of the fence currently and although the training is a great part of what I do, the real challenge is to ensure construction professionals understand what it is they are actually delivering and then in turn how to go about doing this.

What lessons has Rebecca learned from both?

I am constantly learning. We all are. Technology is moving so rapidly at the moment that when we think we have one solution secured, several others appear that allow for us to change our approach and scope. This is why to me, BIM is only one small part of a huge shift in our industry. I have learnt to deal with different people from different backgrounds and ages in individual ways. I believe the key to successful business lies with communication. We need to break apart the science and technical jargon from our BIM discussions and communicate ideas to the individual in ways that they can relate to and learn from.

Follow Rebecca on Twitter by clicking here and learn more about her BIM consultancy business, Digital Node by visiting their official website.

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