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Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a working method that accompanies the process of a building from the idea to the planning and management. BIM is primarily about collaborative work with all partners involved in the construction. This way, all participants can integrate their models into a common overall model. In the best case, this creates a single source of truth (SSOT), as all important information is stored in one place and made available transparently to everyone. Collisions of the individual models are discovered even before construction and can be avoided.
But, implementing BIM with all stakeholders is easier said than done. Many problems can arise and shatter the dream of working together and clearly. When you notice when you might need help with BIM and implementation, we show you here using three scenarios.
“I am convinced of BIM and would like to integrate it into the company, but my employees are rather critical”.
The implementation of BIM means a change in the previous work process. It is only natural that this is not only met with enthusiastic reactions. Your employees are professionals in their own field and have perfected their working methods over months and years. Now a change is needed and this requires well thought-out change management. Change management helps you and your staff to clearly present and work out the necessity of BIM. Here you will also find out how and where you need help with BIM and its implementation. Make it clear to your employees why you want and need this change. It is important to find out the motivation behind such a change and thus invite the employees into your own thinking process. This way, everyone knows that you have not made this decision arbitrarily and that it is the best thing for all employees and the company in the long run.
You should present the advantages of BIM and make it clear that more clients require BIM due to competition. The goal is to take away the employees’ fear of digitization. In order to make the advantages and the necessity of BIM clear, seminars or webinars are recommended. Apart from the general training of employees, it is advisable to select a BIM manager. The BIM manager must have certain competences in the field of BIM and be aware that it is a full-time job. This person can also be the BIM manager and BIM coordinator and ensures that the BIM project runs smoothly and that there is thorough coordination between the various planners. Through the external training and the employment of a BIM manager in your company, you get help with BIM from two sides, which is a solid basis for the implementation and enforcement of the new way of working.
“I have already implemented BIM, but the other project participants have not. Is it even worth it?”
You have already looked into BIM and decided to implement it, that’s great. However, you need help with BIM because you are not sure how BIM can benefit the company. Of course, one of the main advantages of BIM is collaborative working with short lines of communication. Even if the surrounding companies are not yet using the BIM method, you as an individual company already have many advantages if you are the first company to get on board. Your company has the opportunity to convert its internal processes to the digital BIM method. This ensures quality assurance, which also leads to more efficient and economical work.
Apart from that, your own involvement with BIM will help with future orders. Because the orders of the future will increasingly require working with BIM, so that the work is more transparent and error-free. Therefore, it is worthwhile to get help with BIM. It also allows you to make your own model available to others on a central platform, even if they don’t use the function themselves. You can therefore share the model so that the builder, for example, can also access it. The other parties involved can also use the model as a reference, even if they do not use BIM themselves. Therefore, the use of BIM is worthwhile with several parties as well as alone. So when BIM is only used in one area, it is called Little BIM. Big BIM is the extension and works across all project phases and different sectors.
“I want to use BIM, but I don’t want to change my software”.
First, it should be made clear once again that BIM is not software. However, it is true that there are BIM-compatible software and some that are not. For example, with CAD programs, it is important to have 3D models with alphanumeric information about the objects and an IFC interface. The IFC (Industry Foundation Class) interface is necessary for data exchange with other parties. Apart from this, building structuring and automated plan derivation must be possible. Many programs have all these possibilities, but it can happen that individual extensions have to be purchased, or the software has to be replaced completely. However, it is more important that the software and the knowledge about BIM are well mastered. If you need help with BIM, you can use training to clarify where there is still a need to learn, so that nothing stands in the way of BIM implementation.
Apart from training and further education (also virtual) in the software area, the employees should also further educate themselves in the BIM area, because the changeover is a lengthy and incisive process in the different ways of working. If the BIM introduction is already planned, the internal processes should be analyzed and optimized before they are then changed to the BIM way of working. After this internal analysis, it will then become clear whether the existing software fits or whether there is a need for change. If a change is to be made, it is advisable to implement new software in the company over several weeks before the BIM introduction.
The transition to BIM requires planning, time and patience. It is also important to train yourself and your employees regularly. All hurdles can be overcome well if you know how. It should not be forgotten that the goal of transparent working methods with BIM should also be reflected in the decision-making process of your own company. So talk openly with your employees about why you want to implement BIM and offer them training in the areas of software and BIM. Then everyone will be on the same level of knowledge and nothing will stand in the way of a smooth BIM implementation.
We at DiConneX also offer various BIM training courses. Depending on the desired intensity and duration, we provide you with the most important knowledge about BIM and its implementation. Our training courses take place both in Hamburg and virtually with VR glasses in your living room. Apart from the training opportunities at DiConneX, we also offer support for your BIM implementation. You can request a free initial consultation here.