2017-01-21

How to crack the code of BIM?


As we already know, BIM is more than 3-D aided construction design. It’s not a derivate of your kids’ computer game. It’s more than that.

Most people I talked to, which still don’t take BIM seriously, think it’s a nice visual feature. For them it’s a nice 3-D isometry. They say:
 >> Oh, that’s very interesting. <<
...and then they turn to their usual business. In other words, they return to their comfort zone (max. money for minimal effort), because they are scared. Their anxiety about BIM and the change it implies is understandable. But only a proactive approach can prepare them (you!?) for a successful implementation of BIM.

In my opinion the only way to change this situation, is to be prepared, instead of being overwhelmed when BIM "happens".

Q: But how can we be prepared?

A:  It won't be easy, because commitment ist required.
But there is always a way through this mess.

E: Before you started to drive cars, you've been already familiar with the traffic code. You’ve got most of it in your youth. Finally, when you sat behind the steering wheel the only thing what's left over to learn was your motor skills. 
 
Familiarize first with the concept!

Do it in a similar way with BIM. Familiarize first with the concept by participating in conferences, trade fairs (i.e. BIM – World, BAU). Study the governmental BIM – implementation plans of your country and neighboring countries.
Try to find reference projects in your country (they are often co-financed with public funding, so you can easily get access to the documentation even for free).

Frequently software developers offer free basic courses in their BIM – products. Attend it as long they are free!

Try to understand the working principles of key technologies linked to BIM
(you can click on each keyword, to get a brief explanation):

1)      VR – Headsets 

2)      3-D printing

3)      Laser scanning

4)      ECM

5)      Cloud – computing

6)      Mixed reality

7)      Drones

8)      GPS surveying

9)      Big data processing

Also, try to understand the most important concepts of Lean Management / Kaizen and Six Sigma. Push forward through the history of exceptional companies like Toyota, Nucor Corp., Walgreen, etc.

After you familiarize with the concepts and technologies listed above, you will soon discover the true potential of BIM. And you will be finally keen on trying on BIM.

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