Kent County Council talk BIM journey: ”First thoughts of horror” led to “enjoyable” process

Credit: Kent County Council
Credit: Kent County Council

The foray into Building Information Modelling from a Client perspective has been detailed in a new blog post from the BIM Champion at a UK county council.

Kent County Council Senior Project Manager, Terry Gough has taken to Adjacent Government in the hope that his “been there, done that, and got the t-shirt” position will be able to help him inform other Clients on how best to go about their BIM adoption and also notify them of potential roadblocks they may face.

Being completely engaged with BIM standards documentation was Gough’s first port-of-call, a “journey of discovery” he believes is a vital first step to take in order to understand BIM, which according to Gough “needed to be tamed”: “My first step was to absorb the PAS and BS documents that had been produced on behalf of the Government. This lasted a number of weeks before I knew what I was talking about and could communicate effectively with all partners.

“This then lead me on a journey of discovery, not only with the documentation, but also with the current thinking in technology. My first thoughts were one of horror, but then I realised that this was not a lonely journey, but one that I would be on with a number of other BIM enthusiasts. This thing called BIM needed to be tamed, and that was what I set out to do.”

Gough’s next task was to ensure that his colleagues were on the same page and could understand the benefits that BIM offered, and most importantly understand why they needed to implement it: “I started by developing a number of presentations that covered the very basics of BIM, but in relation to data and information capture as this is, and remains, the most important aspect of BIM.

“I arranged for a number of external companies to attend our office to give first-hand experience of working with BIM and what it meant to them. This gave the staff a good grounding in what BIM was, and meant how it could be used in all of our projects on a day to day basis.”

Following educating his peers, Gough decided that the only way complete collaboration could be achieved with Kent County Council’s other potential BIM project teams, he would try and impart his expertise with others.

“I recognised early on that educating BIM was a key aspect, and have helped and worked with a number of small businesses within their own offices to up-skill staff and give them a better understanding of what BIM can offer in relation to being better informed through better design, clear information, and working collaboratively,” elaborated Terry.

“It was my intention that if Kent County Council was going to procure any contractors or consultants, they all needed to be able to deliver to Level 2 and work within a collaborative environment.”

To read the rest of Mr. Gough’s must-read, informative piece, follow this link.

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