Everyone talks about innovation. Most companies have some sort of mission statement, ‘values’ or other corporate mantra that mentions innovation. Some might have a separate department
BIM presentations are often big on wow factor, but low on substance.
I recently attended a presentation on the CrossRail project with the right mix of credibility, practicality and innovative use of technology in a large infrastructure project.
The technical aspects of BIM are generally the easiest, but are given a disproportionate amount of (or exclusive) attention. The most important part of BIM is not software, but in how it is applied.
Many of the training issues covered in this post are not specific to BIM & I am certainly not the first to say that training is important. However, the challenge with BIM is to go beyond a token training course in a particular application and to make the training genuinely beneficial.
Object libraries make a huge difference to model quality and speed of work. Therefore they are critical to profitable & successful project delivery. However, this aspect of BIM is often overlooked.
Clash detection is an oft-quoted benefit of BIM. If used properly, it can be a fantastic tool for validating a design and identifying errors. However, it cannot replace a proper design coordination process based on good planning & communication.
With BIM, it is possible to have too much information. BIM often ends up being way too complicated. In this post, I examine why this happens and how to prevent it.