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. Steve Lovell shares his thoughts on Best and Bad practice today. Steve is the Senior BIM Training Consultant at Cadassist and has over 10 years BIM implementation experience.
What is Steve’s Best BIM Experience?
During my time as CAD/BIM Manager for Blackpool Council’s Central Seawall Project I was approached by Alison Watson from Class of Your Own Limited to assist at a local level with an international schools competition to design an Eco Classroom with groups of students from Highfield Humanities College.
This opportunity to work with local school children and their design department stands out for me due to the enthusiasm for the software the students had, and the ease at which they took to this technology.
On a personal level, I was so impressed with the designs and results the students achieved in a short time frame with Autodesk’s Building Design Suite. Initial design concepts were created and analysed by the students using Revit with minimal intervention from myself after some initial basic training sessions with the software.
The final results speak for themselves as Highfield Humanities College went on to achieve an Award of Distinction as runners up in the final of the competition held in Washington DC, USA with their ‘Ocean Observatory’ learning centre.
I’ve been an Autodesk Accredited Trainer for years but for me this BIM experience still remains my Best BIM Experience due to the speed and ease to which the students took to the parametric modelling software and the fantastic results achieved by them, which far surpassed my own expectations of what students of this age group would be able to achieve with the software.
What is Steve’s Bad BIM Experience?
My Bad BIM Experience would have to be during one of the many Autodesk Revit training sessions that I have delivered, whereby the expectation from one of the delegates was to be able to simply “draw lines” with the software. Thankfully this misunderstanding of the software is rare; however it does illustrate the need for further education and training around BIM and BIM software technologies within the BIM process.
Whilst it is possible to ‘draw lines’ in Revit we also have objects that offer greater levels of associated intelligence within the software. This misinformation is surprising when you consider the amount of information and publicity there currently is out there surrounding BIM software technologies and the benefits of adopting these applications.
As we move toward a more collaborated method of working with BIM ready software the productivity benefits are now being realised and hopefully these misconceptions will erode over time.
What lessons has Steve learned from both?
As adults we sometimes create reasons why we should not adopt change and in many cases resist it where possible. Perhaps within the industry we could learn a lesson or two from the potential designers of the future about how engaging with technologies such as BIM can hold many benefits?
Our ability to learn and adapt to new technologies is something that is possible with good information sharing and training, and the enthusiasm to drive things forward. I believe keeping an open mind during training sessions and being receptive to new ideas and techniques.
I find inspiration in the Japanese business philosophy and term “kaizen”; one of continuous improvement of working methods and personal efficiency. The need for training during the early stages of adoption of new software is crucial to ensure a successful delivery during transition, but from these initial first steps the desire for continual improvement to carry the process forward into the future is key for success.