Building Information Modeling: how and why it is best to adopt BIM in a professional studio or organization
“What does it mean to adopt BIM design procedures in a professional studio or in an organization?”
The widespread conscience about the low efficiency of the construction world and the need to innovate technologically and procedurally has been one of the main objectives of pushing towards BIM.
Digitizing and rationalizing procedures appear to be a true necessity for an effective recovery in the industry.
BIM has become, in the collective imagination of the main players, a synthetic expression of this innovation.
Operatively speaking, however, this interest has resulted in the supply of up-to-date software (so-called BIM-oriented software), and in training for their use. The simple use of digital instruments in traditional (analogue) processes does not, however, allow to get hold the real innovative aspects of the BIM methodology.
Building Information Modeling: What really matters
BIM’s collaborative and integrated spirit is embodied in the common data environment that evidently far exceeds the only creation of digital models.
A common environment that is the only source of updated and controlled information, where information flow coordination is managed through procedures that allow a collaborative approach to work.
Adopt BIM in a professional studio or organization: a methodological hypothesis
The main aspect is the management of the information flow and coordination of the entire process, where “customers” and “suppliers” are distinguished.
So, with a quality-like approach, anyone, designers, job procurement bodies, suppliers can and should be aware of their own way of working and of any critical issues be eliminated.
This rethinking of their own processes, based on their size and the usual types of work activities, is the starting point for the creation (not without probable major revisions) of the information flow to be implemented in the digital environment of common data.
The work approach for the introduction of the BIM methodology should not be based on the study and/or duplication of so-called “pilot projects” but must identify (or create) their own work procedures and then compare them, rethink them and rearrange them According to regulations.
Subsequently, we need to understand how to manage digitized information: their availability will inevitably open the way for new opportunities (functionality) and, therefore, new procedures that will slowly replace the “analogue” processes.
Think, for example, of Clash Detection. an opportunity to digitize data by creating a virtual model. Its management (single-model or federal model execution, analysis of the results obtained, decisions on corrective actions to be taken, assignment of tasks and times, etc.) requires a procedure that is substantially unknown in traditional processes.
In conclusion, the acquisition of the BIM methodology can not be realized solely in the adoption of more modern software, but it finds its essence in understanding and adopting a digital process in which the numerical information, and the defined and timely information flow, create an “Ecosystem” of collaborative, transparent and measurable work.
This approach will ensure the acquisition of BIM as a methodology in a progressive, sustainable way from the resource engagement point of view.