A 5 Step Plan.
The benefits of BIM adoption are still hotly debated in the construction industry; we took a closer look at the degree to which BIM technology in construction processes can be seen as a business gain or pain.
Successful use of BIM modelling by individual companies has seen those ‘early adopters’ gain a competitive advantage through increased efficiency, expanded capability and improved project quality it seems.
The Potential Cost of Non-Adoption of BIM
However, many businesses have avoided the changes they would face during the process of gaining BIM compliance. Many such businesses undoubtedly fear the capital investment required for the transition may be just another cost burden to bear without bringing guaranteed business improvements.
The risks construction industry companies fear are real because BIM is not a resource that can be bought and simply added on to a business. It is true that this system must be adopted in a manner that complements not only the operational processes of your project delivery but must also be integrated into the wider corporate objectives of your business too. This is certainly more complex and time consuming in the short term but provides anticipated and unforeseen benefits.
What BIM Research Tells Us
Short, medium and longer term benefits of BIM technology and systems are truly transformational according to current research. In their paper “An Exploration Of The Interaction Between Bim Technology And The Business Process Of A Construction Organization In Bim Implementation”, researchers Chen, Liu and Hua unveil some key causes of the failure of some companies to adopt BIM successfully. They also recommend actions to be taken to increase the chances for the successful BIM adoption, however.
The authors of this paper clearly explain the inherent structures integral to BIM technology and how these structures should map onto a company’s existing business processes and procedures. If the fit between BIM software and your business processes is poor then a review is needed of your company’s processes and procedures.
Sometimes, though, success depends upon what you perceive as important. Chen, Liu and Hua point out that the success of BIM adoption should be measured by key performance indicators that are chosen carefully, to reflect operational and delivery performance. For instance, budget overrun or customer satisfaction require higher priority, rather than traditional, narrower corporate measures, such as return on assets employed or return on investment.
5 Steps to Make BIM Adoption Work for You
To maximise the benefits of using BIM, create new processes that not only increase your efficiency and the quality of your deliverables but also include a process for periodically reviewing your workflows and how this relates to the technology you use. This also ensures you get value for money from your preferred systems.
BIM Builds Long Term Business Success
The industry’s continuing path to widespread use of BIM modelling promises to steadily overturn its poor reputation for low levels of innovation, slow project delivery, budget overruns and fragmented delivery structure. Any new system changes bring challenges, not least with harnessing new technologies for continued improvement. However, the researchers draw deeply on the history of technical change. I love the fact that heavyweights such as Hegel and Marx get a mention in their discussion about constructive ‘appropriation’, (or use) of things. It’s not every day you hear those names when discussing BIM, but we’re inclined to agree that initial difficulties associated with are far outweighed by the benefits of BIM in the long run.
At AC BIM Compliance we are convinced of the value BIM adds to business profitability and efficiency. You can learn more by checking out how we help businesses to get the best possible results from BIM compliance, cost effectively. However, please tell us about your own concerns and challenges by commenting on this post and let’s get you over the bumps. Please like and share if you find this article has given you pause for thought.
Rob Kehoe of AC BIM Compiance shares a five step plan to ensure your BIM adoption is a success and puts your business ahead of the rest.
You can see the researchers’ Chen, Liu and Hua full paper here: