BIM is often touted, particularly by software salespeople as the ‘silver bullet’ that will win work, make money, save time and deliver a better project. The opportunity is there, but there is much more to BIM than just installing a new application.
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.
Most design and construction businesses promote their BIM capabilities and see it as important in winning work.
But if BIM is only applied at a superficial level, it is most likely counterproductive. This post looks at the challenges in going beyond the talk.
Within construction, BIM is often seem as relevant to designers only, rather than as a potentially cost saving and practical part of project delivery. This post covers the reasons behind this perception.
The Gartner Hype Cycle describes a technology maturity cycle, where high initial expectations are followed by a trough of disappointment, before recovering to a level somewhere below the initial expectation. This post explores how this cycle applies to BIM.
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.
BIM can be the engine-room of production for a design consultancy or a construction project if properly implemented and executed. However, it can equally be a brake on productivity and efficiency, so it is critical to get it right.
True BIM interoperability and shared object libraries are a noble goal, but unlikely to happen. Object libraries are a key part of a design consultant’s competitive advantage, and software vendors have a vested interest in not making BIM data & applications fully interoperable.