Sunday, April 15, 2012

What is holding Project Owners from mandating BIM?

I have recently met with an Owner about BIM Implementation in his projects. The Project Management Company he is working with was trying to convince him about mandating BIM.

So far that approach is right!

Both the Owner and the Project Manager understand that BIM will bring transparency to the project and a significant amount of savings will be received.

What is holding the Owner from mandating BIM in his projects?

Legal Aspect!

And he is right! He is concerned about the issue below:
  • Designer reliance on information provided by others
  • How to use the model as a contractual document?
  • Whom the model belongs to?
  • How to handover the model to the other parties?
  • Who is liable with the information in the model?
These issues are not solved in the Middle East yet!

I am sure you are wondering so how the hell these projects are being done with BIM currently.

Well, they are not being done in the proper way. I am not even sure if they are saving anything on certain projects.

BIM requires a brand new process in the projects but people does not like change. So what they do is they put some "make up" on the contract and make it look like BIM.

What should be done?

I honestly believe IPD is the right solution for it but anyone with a few years experience in the Middle East laughs when they understand what IPD is:))

Let share you the description that people find so funny:

"Integrated project delivery (IPD), is a collaborative alliance of people, systems, business structures and practices into a process that harnesses the talents and insights of all participants to optimize project results, increase value to the owner, reduce waste, and maximize efficiency through all phases of design, fabrication, and construction."

Basic Principles
  • Compensation based on overall profit and reaching established goals the project
  • Collaborative focus on decision making, design, construction and completion processes
  • Early involvement from all project participants 
  • Waiver of at least some claims 
  • Utilization of collaborative technologies
I still think it is applicable for the Middle East and it will be applied because there is no other way to do it properly.

Yes, I agree, it requires a new "mindset" and it will take time but sooner or later it will!

Let's talk about Defining the Scope of BIM in Contractual Documents tomorrow! It is my latest interest:))

Diyane Koseoglu