Best BIM Bad BIM: Lee Mullin

Best BIM Bad BIM - Lee Mullin

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. Following his BIM Brunch interview in November, Autodesk‘s Construction Technical Specialist – Northern Europe, Lee Mullin shares an insight into what he has experienced, both Best and Bad.

What is Lee’s Best BIM Experience?

The best BIM that I have seen in person was at the World Trade Centre site in New York, United States when I went to see the MEP coordinators at Tishman. The complexity of the job meant that traditional workflows would have made this impossible without BIM, but they had great workflows in place, they had good communication to the site, and were using the software as a tool to automate jobs so they could then spend more time making the correct decisions.

What is Lee’s Worst BIM Experience?

The worst BIM I have seen has been where all parties and management haven’t supported it; I don’t want to name names but I think most people have seen projects where a small group are fighting against the ‘we’ve always done it like that’ attitude. One specific example was when the entire project couldn’t be put into a single federated model, they didn’t actually fit together and had many problems as a result. When we looked into it, we had found that the structural model was using a different coordinate system and grid, and the entire structural model had been based on that.

What lessons has Lee learned from both?

Concentrate on the basics and do it well. Plan what you want from BIM at the start of a project and stick to it. Look at high areas of return and where there are process inefficiencies and look to plug them.

Communication is key, from the very start of a project to the very end, review what is going well and not so well on a regular basis. If you’re fire-fighting on a project it’s already too late.

Invest in people and tools as you would anything else on a construction project, you wouldn’t look to save money on a crane by getting something not fit for purpose.

Follow Lee on Twitter, @leeroyb.

Check back on Monday February 9th, 2015 for the next edition of Best BIM Bad BIM.

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