Join Eric Wing for an in-depth discussion in this video What are the biggest BIM roadblocks?, part of BIM Tools Weekly.
- [Instructor] This week will be spent on one of my favorite subjects. Roadblocks to BIM. It seems there can be just as many roadblocks as there are benefits to using BIM. At least, that's what people tell me. Maybe if we identify these roadblocks, and get out ahead of them, there's a chance we can clear a few of these roadblocks out of our way. Let's look at some bullets. The first roadblock can be knowledge. I'm seeing discussions now, on if a BIM manager really needs to know the software. Nah. Does a managing engineer really need to know engineering? Does a sous-chef need to know how to cook? Yeah.
The BIM manager needs to know the software, sorry. And they need to know it above everyone else. That's just my opinion. Don't just throw someone who needs something to do in this role. If you do, you're throwing up a roadblock. Training. This falls under knowledge, but does your staff using BIM know what they're doing? At least, can they be safe, and be trusted in a model? You'll find out quick if not. Identify these folks and give them the proper mission-critical training. You'll be glad you did it. Cash. Yeah sorry, but the reality is that BIM is a software solution.
An expensive one. It's not just the cost of Revit, it's everything involved. If it's tight money-wise, you need to prioritize your expenditures. Equipment. I don't like calling it computers, it sounds too, I don't know, obvious. But look at your hardware as your equipment. The better the equipment, the better off you'll be. Don't overlook the importance of your staff having workstations that can handle the load. If you have people running off less than 16 gigs of ram, you're inadvertently throwing up a roadblock.
Setup. You really need to have your Revit setup. Trust me, I learned this the hard way. More than once. As a matter of fact, it is a common theme for me. True, it's an ongoing process, but if you have users jumping into the software, and stuff's just not working, that person's going to struggle. And they're going to become disinterested in working in this software. We can't really blame 'em. Opportunity. Sometimes you need your higher calling to get into BIM and keep using it. Such as a client that is demanding it.
The problem is, some of you have clients that want this stuff in flat AutoCAD. And that's it. So what do you do if that's the case. No really, I'm asking. Go ahead and comment on this week's posting, and let's get a dialog going. People. Okay here we go, the best for last. Yes, people are generally the biggest roadblocks. Our industry and technology butt heads pretty hard sometimes. There are folks out there that at worst refuse to use BIM. At best, find any deficiency to say, see, this stuff wasn't a problem when I was hand-drafting.
It's been 20 years since I first went on the defensive and had this conversation. All I can say, is just do your best. Try to get these bullet points in line to prepare for this conversation. In my experience, people come and people go. Don't let a few deter you. So there. Not a lot of technical discussion, but hopefully this one will spark a conversation.
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