The Australian Construction Industry Forum ask: “To BIM or not to BIM?”

Credit: ACIF
Credit: ACIF

One of the biggest burning questions within the Building Information Modelling industry concerns BIM doubters and how us enthusiasts who understand the benefits of BIM can convince non-adopters to start, and start quickly!

Addressing the topic of converting BIM sceptics in a recent guest article on Sourceable was Peter Barda, Executive Chairman of the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF).

Barda believes that five factors are to blame for a continued snubbing of BIM practices, not just in Australia.

The first reason he cites as a fault made by BIM believers is the lack of communication from the early adopters to the stragglers. According to Barda, we as an industry “haven’t done as good a job as we might have to explain the tool and its benefits”.

Another two reasons that go hand-in-hand are the costs required to operate a BIM workflow and train staff how to operate their new tools. Whether works are architects, engineers or facilities managers, if a way of working isn’t broken, why fix it? This leads into another reason for the failing of BIM promotion – a lack of policy. Whilst some countries have mandated the use of BIM, either companies within those countries think the transition to BIM will be quicker than it actually is or in countries where BIM use has not been enforced by a higher power, firms are simply set in their ways and refuse to budge.

The final reason why some practices are yet to transition to BIM is a lack methodology. Currently, although there are several BIM object libraries all in competition to secure downloads, the scale of BIM-formatted objects is not at a level perhaps some professionals would like. Another realm of methodology that many believe needs addressing is lack of interoperability between software formats. IFC is available, yet some are waiting for a new way of connectivity.

Click here to read the entirety of Barda’s extensive blog.

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