On the fast track of BIM

What advice would you give professionals looking to start a BIM program or improve an already existing one?

Moeller: An internal as-is and gap analysis and their alignment with the strategic direction would be the starting point. Also, the user should decide if his organisation needs to apply BIM in just the "office space" as means to, for example, reduce risk in the planning phase and as a collaboration tool between the stakeholders, such as owner, architect, structural engineering, trades, etc. Or, if the goal is to realise a complete BIM Field Trip (bringing reality to the design model and the model to reality), then a thorough approach involving all groups in the process chain is required, including their buy-in for the new or adapted technology and tools - from design and data champions to foreman and field engineers.

From there, several options exist to adopt BIM. There are solutions for entry level BIM, for BIM in quality assurance/control, for planning and project control, for collaboration, material and contract management, and documentation.

King: With the growth in adoption of BIM within the design office over the past five years, organisations are starting to turn their attention to the link between this digital world and reality. This link is often missing in projects and can be the cause of costly mistakes and litigation. Leica Geosystems has a long history of delivering innovative and reliable solutions that deliver when it has to be right. Our experts in both the field and office can provide guidance and expert advice on best practice and on solving today’s issues.

Williams: Generally it is the main contractor who is mandated to provide BIM deliverables and work with their sub-contractors to implement BIM systems and practices. Today, it is generally seen that BIM is important, but many small to mid-sized contractors are unaware and revert to “normal practices,” unless they are assisted by BIM experts from the main contractors. This affects the use of BIM in the construction and quality assurance work periods. We have identified this as a gap in the market, and we have seen this with customers time and time again. For example, many MEP contractors may not know what to do with the data and how to set it out accurately.

Leica Geosystems can deploy the right hardware and software to assist in the construction and as-built environment, assisting customers to implement BIM guidelines, thereby, improving efficiency and ROI. Through partnerships with Autodesk and internal software, such as LISTECH Neo, we are able to streamline our offerings to the BIM world and improve workflows. It has never been easier to implement full 3D IFC data on total stations or GNSS, setting out and checking exactly what the client needs.

Explore Chapter 3 Part 2: What advice would you give professionals looking to start a BIM program?

Story: On the fast track of BIM
Chapter 1: Why is BIM becoming so popular throughout the industry? - Part 1
Chapter 1: Why is BIM becoming so popular throughout the industry? - Part 2
Chapter 2: How is the BIM adoption rate in your specific region?
Chapter 3: What advice would you give professionals looking to start a BIM program? - Part 1
Chapter 3: What advice would you give professionals looking to start a BIM program? - Part 2

Reporter 74 - May 2016

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