BIM: Forget clash detection, think cash ($$$) detection

‘Clash Detection’ is often a waste of time particularly if applied without adequate planning, or when it is assumed that a technical solution can solve a process (design) issue. There is a lot more to good design merely than stuff not clashing.

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BIM: The new typing pool ?

In the olden days, many organisations had a group of people (nearly always women) in what was known as a ‘typing pool’. The idea was that if you needed a non-handwritten document, then these people would apply specialist skills (typing) on an incredibly complicated bit of kit (a typewriter) to produce said document.
A surprising number of organisations still work in ‘typing pool ‘ mode when it comes to BIM.

BIM: But I’ve got 3D goggles

A construction project, with quality documentation so everything fits together properly, budget and program are achieved (or improved upon), construction runs efficiently and there are not any acrimonious legal disputes at the end between client, designers, contractor and subcontractors is an elusive beast.
3D goggles aren’t going to make much difference.

MTBIM

With BIM, it is easy to get bogged down in technology & detail and neglect the important strategic aspects. In this post, I draw parallels between the approach needed to successfully get down a mountain on a bicycle, and that needed for BIM.

Not Bollywood BIM

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.

ROI of BIM

Measuring the ROI of BIM is not easy. There is more to it than a simplistic comparison of software/training costs to estimated benefits. It is just as important to consider the soft metrics or intangible results in quality, opportunities, process and people of the business.

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