BIM collaboration is the key to success. Today’s article will explain how BIM can help you consistently achieve measurably improved construction project outcomes; from planning to execution and beyond!
Talking about collaboration and actually working in a truly collaborative environment supported by digital technology are two very different things.
We at Lemsys, creators of Building in Cloud , have been inspired by this concept from the beginning.
The essential component that finally allows the qualitative leap necessary for our industry the integration of collaborative LEAN processes with technology. Operational tools for the full involvement of all participants in the building process are now embedded within technology and consequently drive greater overall productivity. This supports greater consistency, enhanced learning, and continuous improvement.
BIM needed to actually fulfill this challenge, isn’t simply 3D visualization, but rather an integrated management system that allows the control of time, costs, and quality of the work.
Building Information Modeling and Management (the next step beyond mere 3D parametric modeling) is the productivity improvement opportunity the AECOO sector has been lacking (AECOO – Architecture, Engineering, Construction Owner, Operator).
All key elements for a project’s success can be available within and integrated BIM Modeling and Management environment.
For the optimized coordination and execution of complex activities, the availability of the “actionable INFORMATION” is safe, up-to-date and adequate for the specific phase of the building process.
The traditional lack of cooperation mainly due to inefficient communication between the parties… the main causes of failure of a project….can now be virtually eliminated.
Cooperation and coordination are the essential ingredients for the triggering of a true and full collaboration of the project participants and stakeholders. An environment within which everyone works to achieve shared objectives by accepting the risk that follows in case of failure or the consequent benefits in case of success.
Benefits of BIM collaboration in construction projects.
The construction industry has historically always struggled to adopt collaboration as a working method. The combination of a need for cultural change, better education, improved awareness, and enabling technologies has stagnated productivity.
Once BIM is understood as a enabling technology supporting Modeling AND Management, significant productivity gains will be achieved.
An overall increase in the productivity of 40%-60% can be achieved today.
But be careful, the BIM collaboration, to bring benefits, must be an expression of Leadership especially on the part of the Client and intended not as an imposition but as a shared work practice. The objectives and the benefits that collaboration enables must ultimately be clear, accepted, shared, and measurable from the outset.
BIM as a collaborative method
Recognition of BIM’s requires going deeper into the organization as well as project management activities.
A measurable, structured approach to project workflow and information flow based on the availability of up-to-date and shared information, must drive for the restructuring of digitally-supported processes and procedures. The end goal is to allow all the project participants and stakeholders understand expected outcome as well as their specific roles and responsibilities. Full availability and transparency of information drives the timing, costs and expected quality and consequently provides the ability introduce the corrective measures to bring the project back in line with expectations.
Key tools required for the success of the project include the BIM Execution Plan, a document that must clearly contain the roles, responsibilities, process, and specific outcomes and a Common Data Environment (CDE). Both are shared within a common digital environment and supported by initial and ongoing mandatory training.
Building in Cloud offers these possibilities, manages the Team, structures the information, models, as well as controls and digitally manages procedures and processes throughout the life cycle of the work.
If you want to find out how all this can become a reality for your organization, simply contact us to get all the information and clarifications you need.
Our team is at your complete disposal.