Is your company adapting to the changing needs of clients and the challenges that the BIM revolution brings?

The adoption of BIM and the subsequent BIM revolution, continues to have a major impact on every element of the construction industry – changing work flows and business relationships, restructuring how organisations interact and how data flows between companies. This rapid flow of data will increase the delivery speeds for projects and the use of a single system could result in cost and time savings as data transfer, conversion and potential data losses reduce.

In future, the information collected in the BIM process could be used in legal cases. The raw survey data and design completed on a project before it becomes included in the full BIM process and model has the potential to be used as a legal benchmark to prove project claims. This clarity on the origin and alteration of project data could drastically simplify future dispute resolution. Having all data in one fully visible project model will allow all parties to check data and ensure that everything is correct and to specification.

Once data is incorporated into an interoperable full building information model it is taken to be correct and any errors with survey data, although potentially easy to identify, will suddenly become expensive to correct. Thus, greater impetus will be placed on each organisation’s QA/QC checks and systems due to the seamlessness of digital data transfer.

Surveying firms still looking to branch into the BIM market should ensure that their quality control systems are honed and get these fully audited before embarking on a major project. A clearly defined workflow through a BIM execution plan should be agreed and a BIM manager put in place at the onset to ensure the correct processes are in place.

Many small companies have rapidly adapted to the changing needs of clients in the construction marketplace, allowing the continuation of the BIM revolution. During a recent BIM conference, the majority of the architectural practices polled who had switched to full BIM design and delivery were smaller companies who could afford to retrain and upgrade their systems much less painfully than larger organisations with more employees to retrain and licences to purchase.

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