Saturday, August 25, 2012

Which BIM Adoption Option is suitable for your company?

We all know every company has it's own unique culture and way of doing things. This includes the adoption method chosen while implementing BIM as well. In general we can categorize the BIM Adoption Methods into 4:

1- TOP DOWN: The decision is made by the management and dictated to the team. Sound horrifying, right? But not at all. One of the most successful methods. It requires a very strong and charismatic Manager to take the decision and make sure that it is executed. The team should be supported heavily in terms of technical issues during the implementation. I have seen 2 examples of this type and one of them is BIMES:) Our CEO decided to switch to BIM over night. We had an implementation period of 1 month and then all the 2D softwares were removed from the computers. It was a very stressful period for the team and even some members resigned as they did not like the change. Actually it wasn't a totally bad thing as we ended up with a team of fully dedicated team to BIM:) Within 1 year we reached to a level that the training guides and custom components prepared by our team were acquired by vendors.
2- BOTTOM UP: The employees discover BIM and they self-study the tools. BIM is promoted by these employees within the company. To be honest, I haven't seen this in the Middle East.

3- PARALLEL: This is the most common method in the Middle East. BIM is tested on a Pilot Project by outsourcing. If the test is successful the company starts a BIM Unit (usually 10 engineers). This initial team gets training from professional BIM Implementation Companies. They act as the pioneers and once they are experienced enough, they start spreading the knowledge within the company. This method is a bit slow. It takes 1-2 years for the BIM Unit reach the expected level.

4- ORGANIC: This is the combination of all above. Employees are enthusiastic about BIM and even some of them have experience. The management is also familiar with the process and support the team to develop their skills and give them opportunity to use BIM in the projects. It requires the lowest initial investment. I haven't seen this happening in the Middle East yet. I think it's again due the large organizations and also not having experienced engineers in the region. Maybe in 5-6 years time, mid-scale companies can apply this method.

Well, now it's your turn to decide which one is the right method for your company!

Let me give you one more tip! Almost all our clients prefer "3-Parallel" but if you are brave enough and you company size is max 50 I would recommend "1- Top Down" for the fastest results:))

Diyane Koseoglu


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