BIM implementation components – Process

Traditionally, the Architectural Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector has not been a production-oriented industry, but in recent years and with the rise of Building Information Modelling (BIM), it has started to change its approach and adopt many of the concepts and techniques more commonly seen in the world of manufacturing.

In the literature, there are many examples that illustrate how the AEC industry has evolved. For example, until recently it was extremely uncommon for the construction sector to engage non-design teams in its planning stages, and to collaborate fully with other parties throughout all project phases.

The AEC sector is also starting to move away from traditional manual labour and adopt more sophisticated manufacturing methods, such as the use of robots and increasing levels of offsite production.

One of the most fascinating things about adopting this more production-influenced approach is that processes change frequently. However, as exciting as it is to adopt new approaches, tools and techniques, sometimes processes can be problematic to implement.

Even experienced AEC professionals who are well aware of the BIM benefits have struggled to implement it. The shortest and easiest way which they opt for is to use new technology which will need to be integrated with ‘some’ of the old processes for people to adapt to. They favour old processes as it’s something they are used to and are more than comfortable with.

As an example, you may find professionals or AEC firms with a building program in Microsoft Excel on one monitor, and on the other, they have Autodesk AutoCAD or Revit. They are busy creating and recreating the data when they can use Excel-to-Revit tools and create spaces from Excel in Revit automatically. Too many processes create a lot of data waste across the lifecycle of construction projects. It’s time to realise that better and effective ways of doing things do exist.

(BIM Today 2017)

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References

BIM Today (2017) There are 3 P’s of BIM: People, Processes and Policies [online] available from https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/bim-news/3-ps-of-bim/33019/ [11 July 2018]

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