This Blog is dedicated to all things to do with Building Information Modeling.
I'll be blogging about challenges that I come across as BIM Manager as well as points of interest that are related to BIM. Blogs on tips and technical "How-too's" to help you out with creating your BIM models correctly.
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Are you a member of a BIM user Group? I was instrumental in starting our BIM user group in my region as things progress we transitioned the group to Facebook and hold a yearly networking session. I'm a great supporter of these types of gatherings as they can be a fantastic opportunity to share information, knowledge and provide an opportunity to network with industry peers. Here are some links to some Canadian BIM User groups.
Typical workflow to acquire project coordinates that
we use goes something like this:
1: Obtain Civil or Survey CAD file + Link it into Revit Project; this is
typically the “Site” project, but can also be the “Main model” if you are not
breaking out the Site in a separate file.
2: Move the CAD file into the proper location as it relates to the
building; you can rotate, shift up down left right, etc., etc. – Important to
note that you are looking to match a specific geodetic elevation associated
within the CAD file to your main floor elevation in addition to the location of
the building on the site.
3: Acquire the coordinates of the CAD file – now your Revit model
coordinates will match the Real World Coordinates that are (mostly) always
associated with the survey file.
4: Next, provide your consultants with the Revit file that has acquired the
CAD coordinates. Have them link it Center to Center, or something other than
5: Locate (move) the Linked model in the correct position, and then acquire
There are often steps that we take to clean-up the CAD file first (ie: locate
specific topo lines on an easily identifiable layer so that you can associate
the CAD file in elevation relative to Main floor levels, for example).
The best test that we use after we have acquired the coordinates of the
CAD file, is to export a CAD file from Revit (be sure to use Shared Coordinates
in the export set-up) and then open the survey and xref the Revit export to
0,0,0. The files should align perfectly if everything has been done correctly.
Thanks to Dan Sawyer for writing this out for me... I get a lot of questions on this process and Dan's my go-too guy.
I recently read Bob Murray's LinkedIn post on "10 Tips on Personal Career Development" and it got me thinking (as his articles usually do), so I thought I'd write my own 10 tips on how to develop your Career in BIM. Check out Bob's two books "It's Already Inside" and "Unlocked". I often have the opportunity to speak to students at Colleges and University on BIM and how its impact on the AECO industry.
Here are my 10 tips: 1: The position your want may not exist yet.... technology is changing so rapidly and businesses don't realise the opportunities they're missing out on... you can take advantage of that by carving out your own position. 2: Don't be afraid of change, change is constant and moving at a rapid pace. Everyday you will learn something new! Gather those experiences and apply it to the current situation. 3: Say "Yes" see my post in this topic. Don’t be afraid to take on something new, you may be intimidated or doubt your own abilities, but unless you take on the challenge you may never discover your full potential. 4:Engage, don't be afraid to ask questions, there are not stupid questions. 5: Educate yourself by attending conferences and workshops. These events are fantastic opportunity to network and participate in stimulating conversation. You also get to meet and know the leaders in your industry. 6:Teach; teaching is a great opportunity to learn. Students ask the greatest questions and the discussions resulting from a teaching session are thought provoking. You learn by teaching! 7: Read, on line, articles, books (digital or paper). Stay current with what's going on in the world associated to BIM, this will broaden your horizons and knowledge. 8:Encourage other. By promoting and encouraging other around you, you will find that you will develop a group of like minded people with whom you can share idea's, challenges and innovative thinking. 9: Surround yourself with the right people, seek out those that challenge you and inspire you to greatness. 10:Colour outside the lines. Look for cross over opportunities where you see possibilities to share or utilise your skills in other fields. For example, BIM for the gaming industry? Gaming tools for the AEC industry! 11: Find a Mentor, be a Mentor. Yes there are 11, always deliver more than promised ;-) Sc.
I hear a lot about mandating BIM from all over the world, from Australia to Germany. To a certain degree many countries are mandating BIM in one form or another, typically government lead projects where fiscal responsibility and accountability is necessary are the first to adopt a mandate. I read articles or mandates that refer too the UK's BIM Mandate refering to the structure, organization and "success" of the UK BIM Mandate implementation, it makes me nervous when countries base their mandate, or their decision to mandate BIM on the UK model. There are a number of factors that influenced in the decision to Mandate BIM in the United Kingdom. There are many positive aspects that the UK have taken advantage of through the mandating, however each country, region, district and local authority have a variety of reasons to adopt, or not to adopt a BIM mandate, interwoven into this decision are their own specific requirements and reasons to mandate BIM.
When looking into mandating BIM, whether your making the decision on behalf of a country, local authority or your own business, take existing BIM mandates with a grain of salt and evaluate your own needs. Look at implementing incrementally but with a view of the bigger picture, and if it needs to change due to changes in the industry, be flexible enough to accommodate those changes and influences. Ask Why you are Mandating BIM and what is the impact or effect your looking for. There are many influences to the decision to Mandate BIM including:
Predominant software, there maybe a high level of diversity in BIM applications such as in Europe compared to North America (IFC becomes more of a factor).
Industry's ability to adopt the BIM Mandate, some countries are still developing their BIM ability in the AEC industry and Mandating BIM may be premature and place undue pressure resuklting in resistance to adoption.
Market driver, some BIM mandates are designed to help drive and stimulate the industry. Used as an economic stimuli encouraging industry to learn and utilize technology, stimulating associated services or industries such as education, associated applications and beyond BIM services such as direct to fabrication etc..
Industry demand, some countries are further along in BIM adoption and the timing is right to have in place a formal mandate addressing BIM. Countries like Canada and Australia where BIM adoption is successful and projects are demanding BIM are in a position to develop and create there own Mandate often lead by sectors of the government such as Infrastructure or Department of Defense etc.
Either way, a BIM mandate needs to stand alone in it's development, taking lessons learned from similar mandates with an understanding and reasoning of the why and how they were developed.
Much like a project, each mandate is a prototype, drawing upon experiences and skills developed from other mandates and utilizing what's applicable according to the needs.
Yes July 1st is Canada Day celebrating 150 years of confederation... sort of...
Canada is actually a Federation, the term Confederation caught on in the in the 19th century.
Canada was announced as being "one Dominion under the crown," a.k.a. the Dominion of Canada, as per the British North America Act of 1867 that unified the colonies (Province of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick).
On July 1, 1867, what we now know of as Canada was in fact just four provinces (Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) that composed the New Dominion of Canada.
The remaining provinces and territories formed over time and joined the Dominion of Canada.
Happy 150 Canada, you dont look a day over 200 million.
Digital amnesia is a phenomenon in which technological knowledge becomes lost to humanity through constant technological advancement.
Is IFC the solution to Digital amnesia? The Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) data model is intended to describe building and construction industry data. It is a platform neutral, open file format specification that is not controlled by a single vendor or group of vendors. Hence, IFC is software agnostic thus should be the format of choice for not only file sharing but also archiving projects? In North America IFC usage is minimal as we are dominated primarily by one BIM software company. Not so in Europe where we have multiple players with equal market share in the competition for your BIM platform of choice. As we see the project collaboration efforts cross not only multiple disciplines but also multi platforms the need for us to rely upon one common file format becomes more crucial. today's large scale projects typically include not only the common "Building" disciplines but also infrastructure... a discipline they typically uses a different platforms than AEC industry (can you spell Microstation?) Organizations requesting BIM as their deliverable typically have to be platform agnostic, especially government RFP's. As the Industry progresses and the demand for BIM deliverable increase we will need to stay abreast of IFC and how best to take advantage of this file format. And maybe consider Archiving projects in a IFC file format? Sc
I came across this image today and felt the need to share.
Sometimes those in a leadership loose focus of this and their main concern is the "business model".
A leaders responsibility is to maintain the businesses success... and manage, in a thoughtful manner, those under their charge. This means making sure that their goals and aspirations are being met.
Your success is dependent upon the quality of those around you and you will only be able to retain quality people by keeping them engaged, active in leadership decisions (direction) and providing them with opportunities to grow. I think this is crucial than ever before as this is the evolution of good business management.
And remember, you are a leader, regardless of your position.
http://www.canbim.com/calgary17 Register now! Event Description. A two day event. Day one will kick off with the CanBIM Tours and the CanBIM Opening Reception. Day two, in the morning, will host concurrent BIM/VDC workshops. BIM Foundations: Are we BIM-ing yet? develop a fundamental understanding of BIM/VDC and associated strategies. BIM for Advanced Practitioners: Collaborative BIM Workflows & Processes for all Stakeholders optimize your current BIM/VDC workflow/environment to achieve efficiencies. BIM for Owners: Expectations, Challenges and Rewards, leveraging BIM to address the needs of facility owners and operators and ensuring supplier cooperation. In the afternoon, attendees will hear from presenters with industry based case studies showcasing projects that address key issues and challenges for all stakeholders. Following these presentations attendees will participate in an open forum panel discussion with industry leaders about the current state of BIM/VDC adoption in the Province of Alberta and the future outlook for the province.
Day 2 8:00AM-8:30AM: Registration 8:30AM-8:35AM: Opening Address - Brent Mauti, CanBIM Director 8:35AM-9:00AM: Keynote Address - Neil McFarlane, P.Eng. Assistant Deputy Minister, Health and Government Facilities Division, Alberta Infrastructure 9:00AM-10:30AM Workshop 1: BIM Foundations: Are We BIM-ing Yet? Workshop 2: BIM For Advanced Practitioners: Collaborative BIM Workflows & Processes for all Stakeholders Workshop 3: BIM for Owners: Expectations, Challenges and Rewards 10:30AM-11:00AM: BREAK 11:00AM-12:15PM: Panel Discussion - BIM: Change Management to Execution Plans 12:15PM-1:00PM: LUNCH 1:00PM-1:30PM: Presentation - Almost There! A BIM Postmortem From $350M Stanton Hospital Project - Daniel Doherty, CM BIM Manager of Virtual Construction, Clark Builders 1:30PM-2:00PM: Presentation - BIM: What’s Around The Bend? - John Locke, Sr. Principal Research Scientist, Autodesk 2:00PM-2:30PM: Presentation - PCL Rocky Ridge Recreation Centre 2:30PM-3:00PM: Presentation - Using Mobile Technology to Reduce Risk 3:00PM-3:30PM: BREAK 3:30PM-4:30PM: Panel Discussion - Alberta Next Steps 4:30PM-5:00PM: CanBIM Certification Update & Ceremony - Pietro Ferrari, Chair of Education & Research Committee 5:00PM-7:00PM: Closing Reception Workshop 1 - BIM Foundations: Are We BIM-ing Yet? Lead Instructor: William Myers, Director of Operations, Global eTraining
Are you looking to sharpen your understanding of what BIM is, or review how BIM can benefit your company? This workshop aims to provide a better understanding of the basics of BIM, then moving into practical concepts and workflows, which have been proven effective globally. Some key issues this workshop will cover are: Are you really doing BIM? • Levels of BIM - What are you trying to accomplish? • Impacts to workflow, culture, technology itself. • BIM – what is it good for? (Visualization, Virtualization, Project Management) BIM Fundamentals • What is BIM and why? • Benefits and Challenges of BIM • Terminology - Strategy Stage, Project Planning, Operational Phase • BIM Acronyms BIM Roles and Responsibilities • Overview of Roles • Client Driven Roles • Supplier Roles • Role of Information Management
Workshop 2 - BIM For Practitioners: Collaborative BIM Workflows & Processes for all Stakeholders Lead Instructor: Martin Neault, Major Projects BIM Leader, DIALOG Evolving project delivery brings quick changes in process methodology. Understand how new processes and changes in the working culture are opening opportunities to a more collaborative and integrated way of delivering projects. The dynamics are different today and continuously moving to a more collaborative working philosophy. BIM is moving stakeholders out of their silos with a different workflow. Learn how some AEC leaders are managing the process of interoperability and collaboration in a successful way including the design team and contractor/trades through BIM project Execution Plan. Workshop 3 - BIM for Owners: Expectations, Challenges and Rewards Lead Instructor: Geraldine Rayner, Director Architect AIBC BA DipArch RIBA LEED®AP, SummitBIM BIM is transforming architecture, engineering, and construction. Yet, many Building Owners are not seeing the full benefit of data flowing through the building life cycle from design and construction to facilities management. Why not? This workshop will work through the steps that need to be considered to control this new digital process so that the maximum benefits can be reaped. Starting from the very beginning – what the definition of BIM should be for Building Owners – this is a fast-paced, interactive session: • Demonstrates why you can’t afford to ignore BIM from a business case perspective; • Offers insights into the challenges for an Owner and how to overcome them; • Delivers a practical outline for defining a BIM process that meets expectations; • Offers proven tactics for reaping the rewards of BIM in Facilities Management. Hope to see you there. Sc
Re-posting this as it's valuable information that I've refereed too numerous times. I wrote this back in 2013 and the information is still relevant! Really! You may have a team of people working on your Revit project but who's in charge? Well, the Architect of course.... Wrong! Sure the Architect may be in charge of the project but who's managing your Revit project? It's not the Architects, he's too busy dealing with client meetings and the contractors etc... There may be a number of people in the office working on the project but unless there is a defined hierarchy of the Revit project team you may not be working efficiently. That's what I have found, and have since created a structure for Revit project teams. By structuring your team and assigning roles you create efficiency in time and productivity. Structure like this helps people concentrate on their task at hand, it also reduces overlap of work and provides some consistency in project standards, content and responsibility. Kind of takes the pressure of the projerct Architect if the Revit project is managed well. Here's what I've implemented:
role in preparing contract documents
Oversees creation and
development of the CD’s
Design construction details
junior members of project team
Organizes project team
coordination and work meetings
Oversees the project team
and work schedule, Team Whip.
drawings and identifies changes
Completes a periodic
review of the drawings using the DWG project checklist
Coordinates other consultants (non-model specific)
Assists with Tender
Drawing Organization and
Reviews and identifies
changes required by the project (may be a result of client or consultant
BIM Modeling only
Prevent “over modeling”
Manages the “I” in BIM.
Information in the families and model elements.
Manages family content
Coordination off drawing
standards between consultants and internal staff
Manages the CEI drawing
Manages the CEI drawing
Works with the Job
captain on what details need to be included
Organization of project
browser views, legends etc.
Assist with design
Assist with contract
Draw marked changes
Produce detail drawings
Research materials and
Assist with Tender
Assist with Contract
Assist with Contract
By better defining the roles that are
assigned to people we can manage the workflow of a project creating better
With the addition of the BIM Captain and the Detail Captain, along with additional definition of the Job Captain, we can better manage the
staffing resources assigned to a project. By clearly assigning roles and responsibilities
of each team member of a project it reduces confusion over who is responsible
for specific tasks.
Multiple roles can be assigned
to specific people.
For example a project may only require four
The Project Architect will attend meetings,
and deal with the client etc…. The Job Captain can work closely with the
Project Architect and the consultants as well as overview the development of
the CD’s. The BIM Captain develops the Revit Model and works closely with the
Detail Captain who manages the development of the Revit file and organization of the sheets etc. Both
the BIM Captain and the Detail Captain take on the role of the Revit Techs.
On smaller projects the BIM Captain and
Detail Captain may be assigned to the same person.
On larger projects each role will be
assigned to specific individuals.
Depending on the scale and scope of the
project the skill level and experience of the person will play a factor on what
role will be assigned. This gives less experienced staff the opportunity to experience
each these roles.
What's driving your BIM adoption? From, my experience I have found that there are some key factors driving BIM adoption in the AEC industry.
BIM is an extension of the Design, Construction and operation processes,
utilizing a collaborative approach to managing data at all the stages of
construction. The Design and Construction industry globally have seen a decline
in the profitability over the last decade resulting in the demand for
innovation and improvement on how we design and deliver buildings and
We are already seeing the adoption
of BIM playing a factor in the AECO industry for a number of reasons,
for example in Africa the drive to adopt BIM is being driven by the Quantity
Surveyors, in North America we’ve recently seen a shift in BIM utilization from
Architects driving BIM to the Construction companies utilizing BIM for
construction management including quantification, construction sequence and
staging and collaboration helping to reduce time and cost.
Projects are difficult at the best of times,
everyone is concerned about cost over runs, risk mitigation and ever ballooning scope of
work. Adopting BIM can be
challenging, it changes the conventional design process that we are all
The conventional process is broken and inefficient for the needs of
today’s high demand projects. We have to collaborate more effectively, produce more efficiently and deliver a high quality package to our clients.
a project succeeds we all succeed
There are a number of driving factors that play an important role
in the successful adoption of Building Information Modeling.
BIM is becoming a requirement on more and more projects as
our clients develop an understanding of the benefits of BIM. As our clients are educating themselves on BIM they are demanding the project be completed utilizing BIM so they can take advantage of the many benefits including sustainability (social responsibility), workplace environment. Clients are quite often willing to pay more to achieve these needs, however they will demand a high level of BIM from all parties.
Were seeing more and more countries and organizations mandating BIM as part of their RFP's. Government authorities both Regional and National as well as International companies mandating BIM as they see the long and short term benefits of a BIM project.
As the use of BIM is becoming more commonplace in the design industry those who have adopted BIM are slowly loosing their competitive advantage. However, as BIM becomes more prolific companies who are utilizing the BIM beyond generating "construction drawings" are seeing a competitive advantage as they can deliver "value added" services as well as "billable" additional services.
Value added could be as simple as generating Stereoscopic views for use in Google cardboard which can be generated very easily and quickly to additional billable services could include higher level of VR engagement, marketing uses, building operations use etc.
What are your driving factors and look for additional area's you can utilize BIM to enhance your business model, opportunities are numerous...
I need a 3D printer.. and here's why.. I struggle to justify the outlay of $$ for a 3D printer... What am I going to use it for? It's really cool, and I want one... but what would I print that would justify the cost? I now have a reason... My dog broke her leg. (Awwww)
Gigi in a cast.
Aside from costing me a fortune! I have to go back to the vet regularly for check-ups of the cast. Now with any cast fiberglass cast there are a number of instructions you need to follow to care and maintain your cast including:
Dont get it wet... so you cant bathe or go outside if it's raining (or in this case, pee on it).
It smells... your limb is encapsulated for the duration, typically 6 weeks. and it doesn't get any fresh air.
It doesn't get any smaller...although your limb will atrophy so you'll need to replace the cast.
You cant take it off (easily) to check any wounds or scratch an itch.
So hence the need for a 3D printer! I'm no stranger to casts, had a few myself and I expect I will need more in the future (I typically go 7 years between incidents requiring a cast). So being able to print myself a cast at will could save myself a fortune! I know when I've broken a bone, I knew when Gigi slipped and fell while jumping into the back of my car that she broke her leg, the distinct "pop" also gave it away.
I could have used computational design tools to assist me in designing an appropriate cast specific to her needs, using my phone to 3D scan her leg and applied a hinged removable cast to her broken leg. Now, all I have to do is justify the purchase to my wife... ;-) Sc
January 17, 2017 Scott Chatterton, International Building Information Modeling
(BIM) Integration Lead and Digital Design Leader for BIM Planning and Quality,
HDR, Inc. and Dereje Alemu, BIM Director at HDR TMK in Germany, together played
an active part in the advancement of BIM with their presentation at the “Future
of Building” at the BAU 2017 in Munich, Germany. The two HDR BIM
representatives presented the “Perspective of Global BIM Adoption” to a
compelled audience within an extraordinary setting of other well-known BIM
experts at the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Architecture, Materials and
Systems. Focusing on a better understanding of international approaches to BIM
and levels of BIM adoption that currently vary widely from continent to
continent, they presented crucial driving factors that have influenced BIM
adoption in North America, Australasia, Africa, the Middle East, and especially Germany. How ready is Germany
for BIM adoption? The two BIM experts were asked to share some of their
personal impressions on BIM adoption in Germany reviewing the event.
What challenges do you
see regarding BIM adoption in Germany?
Scott Chatterton: Germany
faces a number of unique challenges in the adoption of BIM. The challenge I see
especially in Europe is the diversity of BIM applications and software. As the
BIM software market develops in Europe the demand for a stable universal
platform, such as Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) will develop, currently we
are seeing issues collaborating on multiple platforms. This needs to be
resolved so as to facilitate collaboration. Cloud collaboration applications
may also be a solution to this issue as we are globally seeing an increase in
utilizing cloud technology in the collaboration process involving all parties
of the project.
can we find solutions for BIM development in Germany?
Chatterton: Germany is
in a good position to take advantages of the lessons learned and the processes
already developed in countries that have already adopted BIM. Take a close look
at how BIM has had an impact on the workflow and the processes that were
developed as a result of BIM adoption in other countries such as the United
States and the United Kingdom. Companies in Germany can then utilize this
information when developing their own BIM workflow. By referring to these
proven methods you will be able to develop your own processes faster and
implement BIM quicker.
is your outlook for BIM adoption in Germany? When is Germany ready for “real”
Chatterton: I personally
think Germany is ready for BIM now.“Real”
BIM won’t be achievable until more and more companies adopt BIM and are able to
collaborate together on a BIM platform, the rate of BIM adoption will increase
rapidly as the competitive advantages of BIM are realized. It is never too
early to adopt BIM. In fact, adopting BIM early will place your business at a
competitive advantage as the markets demand for projects to be completed
utilizing BIM increases. Now is the time to develop the BIM skills and
processes to position yourself as a leader utilizing BIM technology and
BIM project: Rhine Ordnance Barracks Medical Center Replacement, RamsteinWeilerbach
From your German point of view, Dereje, what is your outlook for BIM adoption
in Germany? What is practically needed to push BIM broadly throughout Germany?
Dereje Alemu: Well, I am nearly as
optimistic as Scott Chatterton. Nevertheless, we need more obligatory practical
and theoretical training on BIM provided and pushed by universities and
architectural associations in Germany. Young architects arriving directly from
our universities should be used to work with the BIM method. In consequence,
this generation would be directly ready for BIM and practical BIM projects. Moreover,
this would push the change management in architectural companies, even in
smaller ones, to provide essential training for all of their staff bringing
them to a suitable level of BIM collaboration. Moreover, in Germany we need to
extend our existing structures of interdisciplinary collaboration implementing
BIM as this is a known requirement of “real” BIM projects. I personally think
universities and architectural associations can play a key role to accelerate
this aspect of BIM development, too. Finally, BIM is an investment for
architectural companies – but, I strongly believe it pays off.
The Four Phases of a Successful
Implementation of a New Process
Continuation from How to Succeed in Implementing BIM Part 1
1: Preparation and Evaluation
Analyze your current processes
and abilities, create a baseline to help you evaluate areas of attention as
part of the new process implementation process. A review the current operations
will assist you in recognizing and addressing area’s where improvements can be
made that have the biggest impact.
Evaluate your current technological
needs, make sure your computers and network will be able to meet the
performance requirements of any new software. Research what you need and plan
accordingly in preparation for moving forward, best to do this early on to
minimize staff’s frustration and the impact of upgrading equipment.
Engage your staff, take advantage of
resource by recognizing existing knowledge and understanding, inclusion of
staff is very important to gain their confidence and trust in the
2: Establish Goals and Milestones
Stages & Milestones; specific policy objectives, intermediate capability
stages, and measurable maturity milestones separating current status from a
quantifiable future target.
To measure your progress and success
you need to establish goals and milestones, these should include both short
term and long term goals. Each organization has an ultimate ambition and
long-term goal when it comes to adopting a new process. Based on the
ultimate ambition, intermediate goals need to be defined together with
measurable progress indicators and targeted milestone. It is important to
set achievable goals and milestones, to avoid discouragement taking
over a successful adoption.
3: Define the Process
Through defining your goals and
milestones you’ll be able to use these to help you start to clearly define the
implementation process, typically the process can be broken down into three
categories including; People, Process and Technology. Breaking the
process down into these three categories will help you define the processes and
clearly outline each the steps and how they relate to each other.
People are crucial to the success of
implementing any kind of new process, for this to be successful you need to
gain their confidence and trust that the implementation of any new processes is
an improvement to the old. Identify when, how, who and what training is needed
to reach the next milestone.
The biggest hurdle for any
organization is the change in culture, by undertaking effective “on demand”
training combined with “hands-on” expertise to assist and reassure staff that
they have somewhere to answer questions and play a supportive role.
Training is an
investment in your team, and your
As your staff develop their skills
and an understanding of your goals and objectives, you will start to see
Look for Drivers & Champions, people within your organization that are
enthusiastic and supportive of changes that make improvement. These individuals
will demonstrate a willingness to participate in the adoption and seek out
efficacy and innovation in the system and process.
your new process or workflow involves new software , look for competent
educators and learning resources that cover the concepts, tools and workflows.
These can be either delivered through tertiary education, vocational training, professional
development or by training sessions held by “in house” champions.
Develop processes that are flexible,
manageable and can evolve alongside your organization and the developing
industry. Implement the process gradually and have key adopters take the lead
and encourage the change in culture.
Technology is the tools of our
trade, having the right tools allow us to achieve our goals. Having inadequate
tools not only limit production but also play a major factor in staff moral.
Technology plays an important role in any organization. Consider future
expansion while measuring against the immediate needs. Balance the need verses
associated costs, review accessibility and affordability of upgrading necessary
hardware and upgrades to software and network systems.
4: Implementing and Monitoring
Once a certain level of comfort
is reached, the capabilities and process should be assessed and reviewed
through developing metrics for benchmarking project outcomes and assessing the
capabilities of individuals, organizations and teams.
The team should not only have a
process to follow but also have available to them the resources to be efficient
in their tasks. Having unreliable resources, or worse yet resources your team
are unable to find, gives them permission to create their own content,
essentially disregarding any quality control and duplicating work already
Invest in the time to fully evaluate
your existing processes, what works, what doesn’t work and where gaps appear in
the processes. Through a thorough review of existing process you will be able
to clearly define the flow of operations and the impact BIM has to all aspects
of business. Review your own processes with fresh eyes to see where you can
make improvements, look at it from the standpoint of production and what
resources you would need to efficiently complete the task at hand.
Measurement & Optimization
Make process easy to follow, keep it clear
and easily understood, don’t make a process too constraining or onerous or
you’ll find that no one will follow it.
Make your process flexible to accommodate a
variety of situations or your staff’s needs.
Provide information on the process in a
variety of formats, such as online, printed booklet form, pdf etc. Make it
readily accessible to everyone in formats they can relate to, too
Having management promote and endorse the
process is the key to a successful adoption.
Adoption of a new process takes
time, continual promotion through encouraging awareness and engagement of the
processes until it becomes part of the culture. Monitor your team, provide constant
reminders that that will encourage the development of a culture that follows
Finally, be patient and flexible.
You’ll need both to successfully implement change.