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Arguments against BIM

Let's look at the arguments against the adoption of BIM.
HADEEL: Having to constantly update data.
NADA: There is resistance because it’s simply a new thing.
SIMON: A lot of people say we’ve always done it this way. We’ve always used paper drawings. Why change now?
HADEEL: If you miss out a data drop and you miss out on updating your information, then that information will no longer be useful. So you have to constantly update your models. You have to update the design model to create your construction model. You have to update that construction model later on at the hand over to give the as built model. And without that continuous updates, you will not have the correct information and your as built BIM model will not be relevant and will not be helpful to you and the facilities management process.
NADA: People are just afraid to they don’t want to make mistakes. They don’t want their performance to drop. It’s a challenge because people have to maybe learn new tools, new software, but at the same time, it brings a number of benefits. They can use that data, they can mine that data, and they can get quite a lot of information for their project.
SIMON: There are entrenched attitudes in the construction industry about sharing data freely, which need to change. If people go into a BIM project with those attitudes, it’s not going to work. Why shouldn’t you use BIM? We have the technology to use BIM now. We weren’t doing it previously because we didn’t, but now we do have the tech. So let’s use it.

Having watched the arguments for BIM adoption, now watch this video where Simon, Nada and Hadeel share some arguments for why people may be against BIM.

In summary, some reasons against BIM adoption are:

  • People are unwilling to adopt new methods.

  • Experts and organisations have their own cultures, posing significant challenges when standardising practices.

  • People are wary of mistakes when learning new tools.

Your task

Are you convinced by these arguments against BIM adoption?
Can you think of other arguments to delay the adoption of BIM?
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