How to get started with BIM at your company
How to start Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Here are some tips for starting Building Information Modeling (BIM) at your company. I share a little on how to set goals, develop skills, engage stakeholders, and increase efficiency!

How to assess your current situation with respect to BIM

Let’s start with me trying to be funny 🤦

1) Ask everyone in your company if “BIM is Revit”,
2) count the number of AutoCAD licenses your company owns,
and 3) start every meeting by saying, “It’s time to get your BIM on!” and see who remains in the meeting 😉

Ok, no more bad comedy, let’s get serious…

How to define your company’s BIM goals and strategy

1) Have a clear vision of what you hope to achieve with BIM
2) Identify the key stakeholders who will need to be involved in implementing that strategy,
and 3) Set measurable metrics that can help you track success

How to develop your BIM skills and competencies

1) Educate, educate, educate! Arrange workshops, webinars, and send team members to events with industry BIM experts,
2) Identify staff with technology/BIM skills and invest in their development,
and 3) Start online tutorials and hands-on training, using Plannerly, of course.

How to adopt the right BIM technology and tools

1) Invest in cloud-first BIM solutions for better collaboration and efficiency,
2) use a BIM management platform to plan+control your work,
and 3) use tools that support openBIM workflows that already use the @buildingSMART standards for bSDD (buildingSMART Data Dictionary) and IDS (Information Delivery Specification)

How to engage with your stakeholders and partners

Ok, this is more than three… make BIM fun, use cool tools like virtual reality, collaborate with local universities to ensure that they are teaching the latest BIM tools and techniques, create beautiful renders of your completed projects and hang them everywhere around the office, share success stories internally and externally, and get involved with your local buildingSMART chapter!

Here’s what else to consider in your BIM journey

My top tip is actually to follow ISO 19650 to build Lean information management workflows at your company that will increase your team’s efficiency and productivity.

Here are some ISO 19650 videos on YouTube that might help:

1) ISO 19650 explained

2) The eight ISO 19650 steps

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2. The Complete BIM Management Workflow [VIDEO] 🎥

Here’s a video I think you might find valuable 😃 – it covers the complete BIM management workflow:

Complete BIM Workflow

3. Answers to some related questions 🤔

What is BIM, and why is it important for my company?

BIM (Building Information Modeling) uses a digital representation of a building’s physical and functional characteristics to enhance information management in the AECO industry. It is important for companies as it improves collaboration, reduces errors, and enhances project efficiency.

How do I define my company’s BIM goals and strategy?

Define your BIM goals by having a clear vision of what you hope to achieve. Identify key stakeholders who will be involved and set measurable metrics to track success.

How can I develop my company’s BIM skills and competencies?

Educate your team through workshops, webinars, and events with industry BIM experts. Identify staff with technology/BIM skills and invest in their development. Start online tutorials and hands-on training.

Which BIM technology and tools should my company adopt?

Invest in cloud-first BIM solutions for collaboration and efficiency. Use a BIM management platform to plan and control work. Utilize tools that support openBIM workflows following buildingSMART standards.

How can I engage with stakeholders and partners in our BIM journey?

Make BIM fun by using tools like virtual reality. Collaborate with local universities to ensure they teach the latest BIM tools and techniques. Share success stories and get involved with the local buildingSMART chapter.

How does BIM improve project collaboration?

BIM improves project collaboration by providing a centralized platform for all project stakeholders to access and share information. It enhances communication and reduces the risk of errors.

Can BIM be used in different types of construction projects?

Yes, BIM can be used in various construction projects, including residential, commercial, infrastructure, and industrial. Its benefits are applicable across different sectors.

Is BIM only suitable for large companies?

No, BIM can benefit companies of all sizes. It improves efficiency and reduces costs, making it a valuable asset for companies regardless of their size.

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