Beca: “There is no one BIM approach or strategy that is right for all”

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Australasian professional services consultancy Beca have discussed the crucial importance of understanding the correct fundamentals of why Building Information Modelling is important for a particular business, as opposed to another.

Beca’s General Manager of Building Services Jon Williams shared his thoughts on getting BIM right from the very start, explaining that just because on company have enjoyed BIM success when treading down one path, it doesn’t necessarily mean that their road will be the best to tread for another firm.

“Everyone needs to tailor their BIM usage to their individual needs, the needs of those they are collaborating with and the specific project objectives. Using a standard ‘“off the shelf”’ BIM plan can lead to waste, frustration and a lack of future adoption.”

Understanding what the client wants from the off is the most important element to consider, believes Williams. Whilst saving time and money is a fantastic incentive for utilising BIM, the prerequisite for any BIM project should be ensuring that those who you are delivering the project for get what they want and are paying for.

“The starting point of a successful BIM journey is asking the right questions at the start of the project. The aim being: To clearly document the project objectives and gather the ‘information’ related topics that the stakeholders believe will give them the most benefit.

“What does the client want and how does the project team deliver it? Far too often our industry is guilty of providing clients with either what we have done on the last project or what we think is the latest trend. We miss really finding out and delivering what the client actually wants.

“It doesn’t need to be this hard.”

Circling back to have the best interests of the end-users in mind, Jon writes: “Determining WHY a BIM process should be employed is the most important first step.

“[BIM implementation] is different for every client and can be unique for every project. Too many clients are being asked to leap head first into an overcomplicated 3D, 4D, 5D and 6D modelling exercise which are actually adding little value to them as owners and operators.”

“When the end users have documented their BIM strategy the designers and constructors can go through the same process. Taking the end users requirements as a given, the design/construction team can then add what BIM activities will benefit them in their specific tasks.”

Read Mr. Williams’ entire post here.

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