Pen-down lessons learned from the first implementation:
It is very important for us to consider the learning’s acquired through the implementation of BIM in the pilot project as they are a lot of them. While you are at the initial stage you aren’t expected to do things in a perfect manner as the industry is still at the phase of understanding and applying new standards and technologies. By your learning, you will be able to understand that various aspects of BIM are quite important as compared to the others and it also necessary that their importance is realized because BIM is collaborative. BIM would not be able to perform without collaboration. BIM is in existence as there are technology and an urge to bring improvement in the construction processes. It cannot be considered to be a decent handoff as in the case of CAD in which the consultant just look into the 2D view and convert it to halftones. REVIT models are allowed to have all kinds of weird display characters in the model by the consultant who may finally generate hiccups.
Establish corporate BIM standards:
It is very important to have standards around the company if there is no defined standards people will work in their own ways and this will make difficult for the management to pass the models within offices and teams. Especially the companies who have started using BIM recently it is suggested, by adopting any off shelf protocol in existence like AEC BIM protocol (aecuk.wordpress.com) or any other protocol which is about to set to action by UK based BIM task group (www.bimtaskgroup.org) will benefit the companies.
Educate & re-educate your remaining staff to adopt and up skill for BIM environment:
It is important to conduct in-house BIM training within the company which is inclusive of workshops that lead to being open to all the employees and offers a different level of insight and the training ranges from BIM training for beginners to advanced training that is job specific.
Skilling the employees from different areas of business and not only targeting BIM professionals and designers will help the company in becoming the champions in terms of technology and also can help in developing the team of ambassadors for BIM to get engaged in the discussions that are based on the importance of BIM with the consultants, clients, and subcontractors.
Such an approach will help in streamlining processes at the initial stage while providing learning to the support staff on how to administrate the data environment and also how to manage site while ensuring they gain a better understanding of BIM in their field.
Less knowledge and a basic level of understanding have been considered as the general barrier of using BIM so while acting as the experts it is your responsibility to share the experience and also the lesson through the application of BIM. By taking such an approach one can expect the complete growth of the industry.