You’re Thinking About Switching to BIM – Consider the Following
A few months ago, I wrote about Building Information Modeling (“BIM”) being the next standard in AEC industry, as more and more companies choose to adopt it as their working model. Before you make the switch, there are a few underwater rocks your organization should watch for and think ahead.
BIM is about information. Without the “I”, the model falls apart – the information you feed into BIM is crucial, and the deliverables you choose to include will determine how efficient and robust your BIM is. A deliverable is a mechanism used to relay instructions and information from one party to another in a useful format.
BIM will transform how you work and what you know. BIM requires a higher degree of collaboration that many organizations with silo departments are not used to. When you adopt BIM, engineers, contractors, architects and everyone who will need to collaborate and coordinate must be trained on the same topics, on the same level before they are able to communicate effectively.
BIM comes with homework. BIM requires some careful planning, from setting objectives and clear deliverables to making sure everyone in on the same level of software and procedural knowledge; there is plenty of preparation to be done. However, the time to embrace this technology is now, so you can start reaping its benefits as soon as possible.
Start with training. Training is the foundation of successful BIM implementation. From teaching new software to an entire department to making sure your BIM experts are up-to-date on the latest releases, training will ensure everyone in the organization understands BIM and its expectations. At Global eTraining, we make this vital component easy to achieve. Our training is interactive, including audio, video, text, demos and quizzes, which means our cloud-based courses can accommodate all types of learners, on their own time, at their own pace. Meanwhile, our robust back-end reporting gives managers a real-time overview of training progress, not only measuring the training ROI, but also allowing your organization to manage deadlines, project timelines, and goals.
The switch to BIM is a process, but it will open many doors for your organization. With the right training, you will be well on your way to adopting BIM in a sustainable manner, growing your organizational efficiency and contributing positively to the bottom line.