Best BIM Bad BIM: Tracy Scott

Credit: BAM
Credit: BAM

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. In today’s interview, BAM FM Asset Manager Tracy Scott shares her thoughts on a “truly amazing” positive in the BIM sector whilst also letting us know some of her BIM “bug bears”.

What does Tracy think the industry is doing Best at the moment?

My view is centred on ensuring the FM companies can contribute and get the best BIM outputs for operational purposes, whatever the format, structure or type of asset data needed – believe me this varies!

It is encouraging to see more clients engage with their FM teams early, with the potential to improve BIM outcomes significantly. This is notable especially as many of the clients are from the private sector not government, so they have no mandate to follow. I believe this demonstrates that BIM is being adopted far more widely for its benefits than perhaps previously considered.

BAM has been very proactive in pushing BIM out to our FM sites, including ‘retro-BIM’ to some PFI sites where we have a long-term responsibility for the assets. We have seen how BIM can make a positive improvement to FM performance, from reducing time taken to attend reactive works, to planning PPM and managing lifecycle. We continue to share our experiences and it would be good to see other FM providers doing the same. We are being supported by our software partners and I think this is a very exciting time for developing new ways of working and using BIM after completion of the building project.

I think it goes without saying, one of the most important ‘Best’ aspects is the sharing of information and processes with designers and project teams to make the whole team more effective in delivery. I find this truly amazing at times!

What is Tracy’s worst BIM experience and what does she think are Bad traits of the industry?

One of my main ‘bug bears’ is the lack of understanding of BIM, its outputs and its requirements from some client advisors. They often do not seem to have a sufficient understanding of BIM and end up writing specifications or deliverables which are either unrealistic, unachievable or wrong. This is a new arena for many of us, but with a little more preparation it shouldn’t be too hard, and there is enough information out there.

Most of the bad traits seem to originate from a lack of proper engagement, misunderstanding or varying expectations between team members. There are those people or organisations who perhaps feel this is either a fad, too expensive or something they ‘don’t need to bother with at the moment’. This also extends to some CAFM providers as well as the supply chain.

What lessons does Tracy think can be learned from both?

When you are working in something new which I believe is as exciting and dynamic as BIM, it’s hard to remember that we are ultimately bringing together both the construction and facilities management industries, which as history shows is often as hard to turn or change as a super tanker! There are however, many pockets of excellence within the industries, all trying hard to maximise the use and benefits of BIM. In order to penetrate the two industries the sharing and embracing the new ways of working must continue.

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