BIM implementation components – Technology

We are living in a technological era and technology keeps changing.

Technological change can be defined from different perspectives. Here, we consider the definition from an economic point of view.

‘A technological change is an increase in the efficiency of a product or process that results in an increase in output, without an increase in input. Or made it simple, someone invests or improves a product or process, which is then used to get bigger reward for the same amount of work.’

(Study.com 2015)

Interestingly, despite its many benefits, technological change still faces considerable resistance in many places. Resistance to new technology in an organisation is normal, regardless of the company’s size, reputation for working with advanced technology and the number of years for which it has operated in its field.

However, now that Building Information Modelling (BIM) has been made mandatory for public construction works in the UK and many other countries, its adoption and implementation may no longer be a matter of choice for companies in the architecture engineering and construction sector.

One thing we know for certain is that the technology around BIM and its implementation will continue to advance and evolve.

For instance, current BIM standards at national and global levels will keep changing to accommodate new innovations as they come into being. Just recently, in January 2019, there has been a publication of international BIM standards: BS EN ISO 19650-1 and BS EN ISO 19650-2. BIM software such as Revit will also continue to improve and, eventually, be replaced.

With this rapid and far-reaching change set to continue for the foreseeable future, the question is how can we make the transition as smooth and problem-free as possible? The following questions provide some guidelines:

  • Is your hardware and software up to date and can it support BIM software tools?
  • Can your systems handle the amount of data required to efficiently run BIM software?
  • Are your computers equipped to take on higher processing speeds?
  • Rendering and analysing data takes a significant amount of processing speed; are your systems frequently upgraded to take more data than they were originally intended to?
  • Do you have enough storage space for large projects’ data?
  • Will the large amounts of data used be secure enough yet easy to access?

Your task

Share your own experience of a new technology being introduced in your organisation or learning institute. Respond by using the following questions as a guide:

  • What was the technology for and why was it introduced?

  • What were three different responses people had and why did they react that way?

  • If you were a new manager and had to introduce BIM in a medium size organisation, how would you do it differently from a small size enterprise of the same nature?


References

Study.com (2015) What is a Technological Change? - Definition, Advantages, Impact & Examples [online] available from https://study.com/academy/lesson/what-is-a-technological-change-definition-advantages-impact-examples.html [1 August 2018]

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BIM Implementation within the AEC Industry

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