Many people embarking on a BIM project for the first time, find the new terminology, number of acronyms, and amount of documents required, quite daunting, confusing and seemingly overly complicated. Ralph Montague Managing Director ArcDox helps to explain, or navigate, the BIM process for the uninitiated.

Before we get into the detail of BIM, and start feeling overwhelmed and bamboozled, it is good to take a step back and remind ourselves why we want BIM in the first place. It’s because we want better project outcomes. Better communication and sharing of information. Better understanding, coordination, analysis and performance. More certainty. Less risk, cost, duplication, waste, abortive effort. Reduced delays, variations, disputes. In short, better information to build better buildings, quicker and cheaper. Keep reminding yourself, “It’s worth the effort”, while you work through the detail below.

BIM is mostly about good design or project management principles. A lot of what the BIM process is trying to do, is not really that new. It is stuff we have been doing, or should have been doing, as part of good design or project management, it might just have a fancy new name or standardised acronym that you need to get used to.

When you look at a typical project, it would go through the following steps:
Clients would document “what” they want in a brief; Suppliers (designers and contractors) would document “how” they will provide what is required, as part of a tender submission, technical submittals, procedures, or responsibility matrix. Clients would check, or confirm, that the proposed team were capable of delivering the project, before appointing them.

For a more extensive article see our September/October 2016 Issue of Irish Construction Industry Magazine available on subscription, contact Linda Doran