Let us rewind to the not so distant past. The year was 2011 when the UK Government’s Construction Strategy was published and states “Government will require fully collaborative 3D BIM (with all project and asset information, documentation and data being electronic) as a minimum by 2016”. At that point, the BIM adoption across the industry was imminent, given the benefits it will bring to all of us. Now, I am going to skip the monotonous task of naming and mentioning all the guidance issued along the way for BIM adoption and fast forward to the present time. Before you jump to any judgements, yes I admit it, I have pressed the Skip Intro button here. After all, we all do it for our favourite tv shows on Netflix. The sad thing about it is that a group of people that put together these creative introduction snapshots for what you are about to witness can only hope that the viewers will watch it with the same enthusiasm the 2nd, 3rd or 4th time if you are lucky. You may notice the same tendency in the construction industry, nothing to do with the TV shows, but a variety of projects.
With BIM adoption penetrating every construction sector, for some companies, things become business as usual. However, slowly and over time, people lose their enthusiasm and get consumed by the intricate parts of their project. On top of that, comes the evolving list of industry standards, to which a lot of industry professionals contribute. Working alongside some of those professionals, sure was a bonus, but I will be honest with you, that keeping up to date with these standards let alone understand them is daunting for many of us.
At some point, it becomes apparent that you are facing a new challenge of maintaining these standards throughout the projects lifecycle. Trying to address this issue with your team effectively, can be even more challenging. Subsequently, you face delays in project delivery, cost overruns and unforeseen construction site accidents. Now you might think if only you knew about these problems before they happened or had a magic button to resolve them all. Apart from the fact that noting mentioned above is even possible, not all is lost.