Implementing Building Information Modelling (BIM) is not just a task for the end users, although it may be their day to day work that is most effected. At Cadassist we’ve found that the most effective BIM implementations, or ‘handovers,’ have been when they are led from the front, by managers and key decision makers.
Here are five reasons decision makers need to be involved in the implementation of BIM from the start:
- Lead from the top – people will only pay attention to a change as dramatic as implementing BIM if it is led from the top. Because it is being pushed by those in the highest positions, team members will realise that how well they take on this change could well affect their careers, and they will be more motivated to get on board in a proactive way.
- In order that everyone fully understands what’s involved. Setting SMART goals for the implementation of BIM means that people at all levels need to understand what is achievable and what a realistic time schedule is. Without this knowledge throughout, you risk creating an unworkable road map to BIM, losing momentum and motivation as you feel more and more behind when in fact; with a practical plan you would have been on schedule.
- So you can create protocols and standards. All team members need to understand what is expected of them in the future with regards to modelling. Decisions makers having a good insight into BIM means that they can set out clearly what is expected of team members from the start with company-wide standards, reducing the risk of different teams using different methods, which can make collaboration difficult.
- Lead by example. In an ideal world people should be excited and enthusiastic about new technology and change, but in reality people get stuck in their ways and motivating them to put the effort into change can be a challenge. By showing that management and lead users are also putting their energy into this, you create an environment where ‘we’re all in it together’.
- Get excited. When decision makers are heavily involved in creating a road map to the implementation of BIM, they get more of an idea of what the benefits are and exactly what this can mean for their business; the new services they can offer, the better work processes, etc. This can only benefit them when it comes to justifying the costs involved in this change as well as giving them material for promoting their business to new clients.
At Cadassist we have a one day workshop designed specifically for decision makers, including lead users, CAD / BIM Managers, partners / senior management, IT managers, and other decision makers who will contribute to a successful transition to BIM. Click here for the full course content.
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