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How to address BIM integration challenges and come out on top

BIM_Défis implantation

Integrating new technologies and processes is big job, whether in construction or any other field. Old habits die hard and can make it difficult to move forward. When it comes to BIM, there are five common barriers to implementation:

  1. No client demand
  2. The approach is ill-suited to the project
  3. Software costs are prohibitive
  4. The scale of the project is too small
  5. A lack of stakeholder experience

Our experience on the ground has also shown that expectations aren’t always clear. What is there to gain from BIM? Who will it benefit? When? The biggest setback to implementation may be the common misconceptions about BIM regarding its limitations, its costs and the savings generated at different phases of building operations.

Compelling statistics

According to the National BIM Report 2016, 75% of industry players believe BIM is the way of the future, and 64% of respondents who adopted the approach claim to have gained a competitive edge.

BIM adopters are clearly satisfied with their choice, but how should common implementation challenges be handled? With strategic planning founded on proven methods.

Six elements for successful BIM implementation

PennState’s BIM Execution Planning Guide 2.0 lists six key elements to successful BIM planning:

  1. Strategy: Define the goals and objectives of BIM implementation, assess change readiness, and ensure resource availability. Establish clear goals at the very beginning of the mandate and decide where to focus your efforts, because each project is different.
  2. Uses: Ascertain which methods will be implemented to generate, process, communicate and manage building information.
  3. Processes: Define, develop and document methods employed to accomplish the BIM uses.
  4. Information: Define information needs, including the model element breakdown, the level of development and facility data.
  5. Infrastructure: Decide on software, a workspace, networks and computer equipment.
  6. Personnel: Determine the roles and responsibilities of all participants.

These six planning fundamentals must be weighed at the very outset of the BIM implementation process. Business and internal process review findings will also help shape later project phases (implementation and execution), as shown below:

Every situation is unique—there is no “one size fits all” solution. A strategic approach like ours maximizes benefits and significantly increases a project’s chances of success by adequately preparing the organization and its participants to move forward with BIM implementation.

Consortech’s experts can help you reap concrete benefits from our solutions and hit your success benchmarks with an optimized, streamlined implementation process. For more information, talk to one of our specialists about your project’s unique challenges.

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