The BIM Working Method
Why do I Need BIM in my Company?
BIM - What is it?
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What are the Advantages of BIM?
3 Scenarios That Show You Need Help With BIM
What do I Need as a Company to Get Started with BIM?
Who Is the BIM Method Suitable For?
What Challenges Can Arise with the Introduction of BIM into Existing Processes?
The costs that BIM entails are very high at the beginning. The software has to be procured, the employees trained and changes implemented. However, you should not be deterred by this, as the benefits of the method outweigh the costs. To name just a few:
- Long-term Cost Savings
- Greater Planning Security
- Higher Efficiency
All in all, BIM is an investment for the future that pays off and opens up new avenues through efficient working.
5 Myths About BIM
1. BIM is only effective for larger projects.
2. BIM is a software.
3. With BIM, the entire IT and CAD environment must be replaced.
4. With BIM, everyone works on a single model.
5. BIM changes the entire work structure in the company.
How Does the Implementation of BIM Work in the Company?
The Four Pillars of Implementation
For the successful implementation of innovations, such as the BIM methodology, the four pillars of people, processes, technologies, and standards must be considered. The human factor is essential, as it must carry the desire for change within itself. A change management process must take place to anchor the feeling of change in employees’ mindsets. Otherwise, the implementation of BIM is not feasible. The existing processes in the company must be analyzed and digitized. For this purpose, the BIM processes are defined clearly and comprehensibly, and courses of action with clear objectives are developed. Standards in the company must be established, to facilitate smooth implementation of the BIM processes. This includes modeling standards and quality assurance processes. Finally, the technology factor is considered. The processes within the company must be optimized and digitized before the right technology solution can be decided. After a detailed consideration of these four pillars, successful implementation of BIM in the company can take place. This way the implementation of the process is the same because every company starts with different preconditions and objectives.
The Implementation by DiConneX
DiConneX has developed its process through many years of experience, which shows the implementation of the BIM method. The graphic shows the steps involved in each implementation. The first step for a successful implementation is mobilizing those responsible. The change must be communicated and everyone involved should be ready for it. The second phase involves a comprehensive analysis of the company. The existing processes in the company are analyzed and checked for a change from digital working methods. From this, potentials are developed that can develop into a decisive advantage. This analysis results in an individual recommendation for the company. The third step, the conception phase, consists of developing the BIM strategy. Actions and goals are specifically defined. In the fourth step, the goals are implemented step by step. We proceed according to the KISS principle (Keep it simple and smart). Accordingly, the measures are kept as simple as possible. The more complicated an action is to implement, the more difficult it is to work with. Finally, the measures are reflected upon. We evaluate the results and, if necessary, make adjustments or optimizations.
How Does the Implementation of BIM in the Project Work?
For a successful implementation of BIM in the project, the requirements and goals must first be defined. For this purpose, the client information requirements (AIA) are determined. The AIA is a document that is created by the client and is part of the specifications. The client describes the requirements, such as BIM goals, levels of detail of the models, or information management. This clarifies the question “what is needed when and how? The AIA also forms the basis for the creation of a BIM execution plan (BAP). The BIM execution plan is a document that is created by the contractor and forms part of the specifications. The BAP provides the answer to the AIA’s requirements. It specifies the BIM objectives and translates them into BIM use cases, defines the organizational structures as well as roles and responsibilities, and specifies the communication and collaboration.
For project implementation with BIM, a common data environment is required for the central management of all project-relevant information. The implementation is done with the help of the Common Data Environment (CDE). The CDE is an internet-based platform for the management of processes and information in all phases of a building’s life cycle. This includes the collection, storage, and organization of data and information within a BIM process. With the help of a CDE, redundancies can be avoided, data can be kept up-to-date and information can be processed in a coordinated manner. The requirements of a functioning CDE are:
- Accessibility for all Process Participants
- Traceability of all Changes
- Support for a Variety of Types and Formats
- Confidentiality and Security of Information
This platform is the central environment to work effectively with the BIM method.
The Connection between BIM and the Digital Twin
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