5 Steps to BIM Success - How to Integrate Your Team
Building Information Modeling (BIM) allows us to get projects done under faster timelines, and it also helps us adjust plans before making costly errors. BIM makes the design-build collaboration between architects, engineers, contractors, and building owners easier by providing significant benefits in terms of cost, accuracy, and time to build. Let's explore the 5 Steps to BIM success.
Step 1: Pre-launch work
To improve workflows and accuracy, start with the basics. Your team needs the right tools to complete projects without roadblocks. It takes time to adjust to change, but once everyone on board becomes familiar with the tools, you're on easy street. Make sure the software you invest in can support BIM. Keep your data secure and train everyone involved, so they fully understand how to operate the system.
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Step 2: Build a good team.
When you take the next step to embrace BIM technology, start by picking a core team for the pilot project. Invest in team members who are eager to learn and are excited to understand new ways to work more efficiently.
Suitable candidates will be:
- Experienced in 3D design or has some BIM exposure
- Able to understand the traditional architectural design and construction management process
- Able to appreciate data and modeling techniques
- Curious to learn new software and systems quickly
- Able to coach and mentor other team members
Step 3: Run a test run
If you're exploring BIM for the first time, create a pilot program to tackle any issues before the whole team jumps on board. Choosing the right pilot project requires careful consideration. Start with a low-risk project so you can figure out how to move forward during the learning curve.
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Step 4: Create processes
During the initial stages, create a guidebook and document the entire process. Take note of how you use BIM software from start to finish. That way you’ll develop systems for your team to tackle the next project and the project after that. When learning something new, it's essential to have a backup plan, for moments when things might not go as planned. Remember to document this data so you can avoid roadblocks for future projects.
Step 5: Integrate the team
Now that you've invested in the training, established your test run crew, and created a playbook for your organization, it's time to integrate your team to BIM fully. Let them know they can turn to the core players for mentorship and to ask any questions about BIM systems. Provide proper training and invest in your employees so they can grow their skills.
By having everyone on the team thoroughly trained and ready to go, you can prevent miscommunication about the design and construction process. Have questions about BIM training? We’re here for you.