Building Information Modeling (BIM) is not just a technology. It has brought about a mammoth change that has entirely altered the face of the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry. BIM implementation requires a change in both technology and process. Effective implementation of BIM requires adopting new processes and workflows and quitting the traditional ways of doing business.
Extensive use of BIM would eventually lead to a complete understanding of the technicalities. BIM implementation is not limited to technology. The technology involved shapes the social practices by widening the area of implementation. This requires working in a collaborative way to create a suitable work environment for BIM.
The new concept should be welcomed with open arms. The fruitfulness can be realized if the companies are able to create a suitable work environment for BIM. BIM involves a collaborative approach, requiring people of different departments to work together, rather than independently. Better collaboration is possible through technology. An integrated BIM environment will help in the making of better leaders irrespective of the team or organization they belong to. To create a suitable work environment, the team members should communicate more often and work in a collaborative manner.
Recruitment and Training
For introducing BIM in an organization, the workforce has to be educated about this new concept and proper training should be imparted. Ultimately, it is the knowledge and expertise of the workforce that will decide the level of effective implementation. Even the hiring strategy and the process of recruitment have to be molded accordingly.
Setting Up a Digital Work Environment
BIM also requires setting up and configuring the digital work environment and user interface. This configuration would enable automatic drawing generation. This is crucial for quality control of the output generated from the BIM model. By reducing the additional work that the design team has to undertake, the designers can be made to focus on the quality of the deliverable. By creating a suitable work environment, the clients can easily implement BIM tools through the different phases including design, construction and facilities.
Top-Down and Bottom-Up Approach
For implementing BIM, it is very important to implement and manage change. For this, both a top-down and bottom-up approach are required. The leaders of the organization, the management team should be convinced about the effectiveness and true potential of BIM. Thereby, they can convince the project teams to accept this new concept. Secondly, it is important to identify suitable resources within the organization that will learn the new tools, guide teams and prepare future leaders. They should be involved in some of the pilot projects during the early implementation of BIM. These resources need not be experts in technology, instead they should be able to learn quickly and implement BIM in an effective way.
The true worth of BIM can be realized if it is put into practice. BIM makes better leaders, architects, collaborators and communicators.