BIM for SMEs

Bite-sized BIM tips in 60 seconds!

Are you an SME wanting to implement BIM into your organisation but not sure how? If so, Pentagon can help!

In this 4-part series, our Digital Integration Consultant, Sean Taggart, explores how Pentagon can help implement BIM into your organisation by discussing:

  1. Where you should begin
  2. The key elements of a successful BIM Roadmap
  3. Conducting a Gap Analysis
  4. Successful BIM implementation

Episode One: Where do you begin?

Many SMEs want to implement BIM into their organisation but don’t know where to start. In episode one, we look at 3 key areas that you have to look at before BIM integration.

Step 1 – The Mission

Your organisation needs to define the purpose of the project and the reason for wanting to change. Is it because of a high amount of rework causing additional costs under a project? Are your processes outdated which are leading you to struggle competitively?

Step 2 – The Vision

What do you vision your projects to look like after BIM integration? Are you implementing it purely to change from 2D to 3D drawings? Are you implementing it to gain access to larger jobs, fully collaborative projects, and expand your business?

Step 3 – The Goals and Objectives

It is important that clear and realistic goals and objectives are set for your projects. This can include goals such as the production of high-fidelity data, the elimination of rework, and to manage change effectively.

Episode Two: The Key Elements of a Successful BIM Roadmap

In episode two, we explore the key elements of a successful BIM Roadmap and how this is crucial before beginning your implementation journey. It helps you to understand and document the current status of your business, as well as layout goals and objectives, and the right course of action. So, what are the key elements of a successful BIM roadmap?

  1. Completing an organisation-level and project-level assessment.
  2. Identify your short-term and long-term goals for implementing BIM.
  3. Create key performance indicators (KPIs) to enable your organisation to drive the implementation towards set goals.
  4. Develop a technology upgrade and a training plan so that you have the correct resources and skills.
  5. Schedule the BIM deployment in multiple phases to ensure the BIM Goal requirements are met.

Episode Three: Gap Analysis

Episode three looks at the importance of conducting a Gap Analysis when implementing BIM. A Gap Analysis is the process used to evaluate the present state of a company’s BIM capabilities against their required desires or standards. It identifies where improvements are needed to fully leverage BIM technology and processes in construction, design, and facility management. The objective is to amend the discrepancies between the current practices and potential BIM proficiency levels.

Conducting a Gap Analysis is done in different stages. These range from:

  • Establishing BIM objectives
  • Establishing benchmarks
  • Establishing organisation capability
  • Developing an action plan with achievable milestones
  • Much more!

There are many key areas to focus on within this process. Some of the key areas to focus on within this process include technical infrastructure, employee skills & knowledge, and data management. By conducting a Gap Analysis, your organisation can achieve BIM maturity, improved strategic planning, and competitive advantage, and many other benefits.

Episode Four: BIM Implementation

You’ve defined your goals and objectives, created a BIM Roadmap, and conducted a Gap Analysis. Now, it’s time to successfully implement BIM into your organisation.

Firstly, you must assign a team of experts to oversee this process. Your team must have the necessary skills and knowledge to ensure successful implementation.

Secondly, you need to develop a BIM Execution Plan. This is a comprehensive document that outlines how BIM will be carried out in current and future projects. These range from BIM standards, scope, goals, hardware, software, and training required to implement BIM.

Lastly, implementation. Once you have the BIM Execution Plan in place and your team is trained, it’s time to implement BIM. Start with smaller projects, and over time increase the complexity of your projects once you gain more experience.

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