But How to Start with BIM?

In case you came across the term BIM recently you have probably learnt its benefits by now but might find it hard to start with. There are endless number of blogs, forums and threads all around and it has been an ongoing issue on ARCHICAD-related media as well recently, not surprisingly. Although it seems to be an infinite topic, the framework can be defined quite simply.

Two truly straightforward blogposts were published not so long ago via the ARCHICAD Facebook page which worth citing since they address the two main issues each: changing the mindset and setting up a project template properly.

BIM Implementation has its ups and a few downs as every major change in a workflow. Once you are ready for the change you will still need to consider the following:

The process and the consequences

Implementing BIM is a significant change in the life of a company, which needs preparation from several parties (or even departments in case of a large practice) and full commitment and support from the management side. In overall, efficiency growth is expected which forms the company as well, new roles and responsibilities will be defined, previously existing roles will change or disappear. The change itself bears for example the possibility of draftspersons or CAD Managers becoming part of the Project Team and BIM Managers, since no dedicated documentation team is needed in a BIM workflow… and a lot more other opportunities and consequences.

GRAPHISOFT conducts specialized Registered Consultant Training courses which help ARCHICAD experts to understand the BIM concept in-depth, but even without the hands-on experience it is useful to know what to expect and prepare for throughout the whole process. GRAPHISOFT Singapore will also be conducting a localized course this year in Q3, complemented with solutions to local BIM requirements.

The proper learning process of workflows and software

Knowing the software itself will not do the job unfortunately. The right pilot and the right people (champions) have to be chosen to make the implementation successful. This article posted by Thiago Mundim (BIM Manager at UHA London) on linkedin summarizes perfectly how to make the implementation successful by choosing the right timing of your pilot and organizing the project teams well.

The project setup

Project setup starts with creating a template file which contains all the necessary information for starting a new project with a detail level ranging from simple settings that act as guidance to detailed company standards.

Architect and blogger Jared Banks summed up his best practices and advices for setting up a template on the GRAPHISOFT US blog, but in case you want to try actual steps you might head right away to the learning materials at graphisoft.com. Training Series Volume 4 presents a simple high-rise project with a template setup in the first chapter. In case you are already familiar with the basics of ARCHICAD this should definitely be the way to go!

Have you implemented BIM yet and want to share your experience? Comment below!


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