Putting Together a Plan for BIM

March 22, 2010

When trying to wrap your arms around the concept of BIM (building information modeling), have you ever wondered what is the most practical way to implement this process among all project stakeholders? No doubt, this is a common question among many professionals in the AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) industry.

To help, Autodesk, www.autodesk.com, San Rafael, Calif., has created a Web-based resource—Autodesk BIM Deployment Plan—to help owners, architects, engineers, and contractors implement BIM. The tools will give firms templates to manage communications and suggestions for roles and responsibilities of each party in the BIM environment. The resource also offers business and technology best practices.

Balfour Beatty Construction, www.balfourbeattyus.com, Dallas, Texas, finds that BIM helps improve communication and collaboration across all project participants. The construction company is using the BIM Deployment Plan to develop a BIM implementation process that is suited for the technology needs of the project and is tailored to all the other players on the project.

Mark Konchar, vice president, Balfour Beatty Construction, says the Web resource has helped define clear roles and responsibilities for the execution of workflows on the job.

According to Autodesk, while new technology is giving the industry a lot of opportunities, many organizations still need help on how to best share and communicate that project information. The BIM Deployment Plan is just one example of how companies can create a collaborative framework for faster project delivery.

As the industry continues to put more of an emphasis on collaboration and transparency, BIM becomes a clear way to improve how a project is delivered. While this process may vary from project to project, construction companies can access resources that will help develop a solid method for all project members involved.