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16. Mar 2016

BIM expert Erik Sanford: Implementing BIM requires changes in processes and the way of thinking as well as in roles

Erik Sanford has about fifteen years of experiences in implementing BIM processes and he will share his knowledge with Estonian colleges in April on BIMsummit Estonia conference. Erik Sanford points out 5 practical tips on how to successfully implement BIM. For more information, read from the blog: www.bimsummit.ee/blogi.

Erik Sanford has about fifteen years of experiences in implementing BIM processes and he will share his knowledge with Estonian colleges in April on BIMsummit Estonia conference. Erik Sanford points out 5 practical tips on how to successfully implement BIM. For more information, read from the blog: www.bimsummit.ee/blogi.

  1. Explain

Explain the purpose of BIM implementation and how it changes the workers' everyday life. As BIM brings about changes in familiar processes, it also requires changes in the way of thinking. The important thing is, that the workers would understand potential merit of BIM and the way it simplifies their work in the future.

  1. 2.      Plan

Implementing BIM requires changes in processes and the way of thinking as well as in roles. All of these changes do not occur overnight, so plan your activities. Think through when to start implementing BIM, which project to use it for, how to implement it and who takes the responsibility.

  1. 3.      Set objectives

Objectives can be generic or very specific, but the most important thing for the crew is that the objectives would be clear and achievable. Small victories on the road are extremely important, but there are also lessons in each set-back that gives course to moving forward.

  1. 4.      Ask the crew for feedback

Carrying out innovations is never easy, and it is near impossible to do with force or reluctance. People need to feel that they themselves contribute to implementing something new and are part of the development processes. Thus you should ask your crew for feedback about software and hardware as well as general issues.

  1. 5.      Provide training and resources

To successfully fill the new role, the crew must know what to do, how to do it and have proper equipment. Events like BIMsummit Estonia are a good way to raise awareness and make it possible to learn from others’ success stories. The more knowledge people have about implementing BIM, the more certainty they feel. Do not forget to supply your crew with necessary equipment, either software or hardware – it's an investment, not an expense!

Getting people involved with innovations is always difficult. That is, however, a key element in how successful Your company is in implementing BIM.

Original text: http://www.bimsummit.ee/blogi

 You can hear more about Erik's experiences on 19–20 April, at BIMsummit Estonia conference. René Schumann, Erik Sanford, Jeremy Thibodeau, Fred Mills, Reet Kalmet, Silver Neemelo, Avo Ambur, Virgo Sulakatko and others will share their experiences at BIMsummit. Attending the conference will give 26 EEL continuing education credits. See the conference schedule at: http://www.bimsummit.ee/kava