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BIM implementation components – People

In most organisations and countries, it has been common for BIM to have been in use for a considerable length of time before being mandated.

However, implementing BIM has still been far from easy, as success depends on the level at which people are willing and able to engage with it, and the type of project being undertaken. For example, in the UK it is only public buildings that are mandated to use BIM.

In order to build effective teams and achieve maximum engagement from its people, an organisation should pay careful attention to a number of areas when adopting and implementing BIM. In regard to people management, the two key aspects are addressing communication within the team and collaboration.

To achieve effective communication:

  • Establish means of communication through easy-to-use tools such as Common Data Environment (CDE), company portals and forums, directly through BIM software
  • Establish means of communication by having an open culture and face-to-face meetings regarding BIM practice
  • Improve it by discussing project and BIM objectives – clarify what a project is intended to achieve, precisely what needs to be delivered and benefits it will bring
  • Share the information within the project team, with security and contract limitations in mind

To achieve team collaboration and effective leadership:

  • Support the team by providing resources and motiving them to achieve BIM objectives
  • Provide BIM management support
  • Establish clear roles and responsibilities
  • The management needs to support team collaboration both within their inner team and wider team
  • Establish collaborative working practice through open culture and contractual agreements that enable this

Milivojevic (2018), Milivojevic, Ahmed (2018), Milivojevic, Ahmed (2016).

Your task

When it comes to people, motivation is one of the factors that influences good participation.

What measures do managers need to put in place to motivate their people in implementing BIM?


Milivojevic, N. (2018) BIM – Processes Beyond Technology [lecture] module M84CAB, 23 October 2018. Coventry: Coventry University

Milivojevic, N., and Ahmed, A. (2016) ‘Identifying and Evaluating Building Information Modelling Implementation Strategies: A Systematic Literature Review’. 1st International UK BIM Academic Forum Conference. 13-15 September 2016, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK, 368–377

Milivojevic, N., and Ahmed, A. (2018) ‘Evaluating Learning Management Mechanisms and Requirements for Achieving BIM Competencies: An in- Depth Study of ACE Practitioners’. CIBSE Technical Symposium. 12-13 April 2018, London South Bank University. CIBSE Technical Symposium, 1–13

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