How to implement BIM successfully

Updated: Apr 13, 2021

To understand how to implement BIM into your project, you need to understand what BIM actually is and why it is so valuable. BIM is an innovative way to bring higher levels of collaboration and communication during the process. It helps to reduce the clashes and conflicts, improve the quality of the project, and decrease the construction, production costs and duration of the project.

That’s why BIM is so important and useful these days, because it allows to be created a sustainable and efficient supply chain throughout the project. This way on each stage any stakeholder could access the needed information at the right time.

How to implement BIM into the project

If we immagine the successful implementation of BIM as a three-legged stool, where the legs are - processes, tools and behaviours. If one of them is missing the stool will be unstable, most probably will fall. Let’s dive more into those terms:

Processes are all about change. When you make a change into your daily workflow, you need to ensure that you will be able to deliver all the items you need to deliver. The process is a combination of all the standards, methods and procedures you are using to get your work done. Hence, you are creating a major plan of what kind of processes you want to follow throughout the project life cycle.

Tools - it’s about what kind of technologies you are involved in your practice to support the processes you have been planning.This could happen using 3 methods:

  • Pile-on - when you are adding additional tool to your current practises;

  • Swap-out - this is when you are leaving all your current methods and processes and you are building new ones from scratch. This method could be really beneficial in certain cases but requires lots of time and effort.

  • Process first - this method refers to building a solid plan on understanding what you need to deliver and what is the way you choose to work to achieve your goals. Than you build everything based on your process.

Behaviour - according to the book “BIM and Construction Management” by Brad Hardi and Dave Mccool, where they are representing Scott Simpson (senior director of Kling-Stubbins) - “BIM is all about sociology”. Hi says that it’s 10% technology and 90% sociology, hence BIM is for the people and their mindset. If you want to successfully implement BIM into your project, you and the people you are working with should have to have the right mindset. This way they will be motivated by the greater benefits BIM could bring.

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