RSVP for the April SCRUG meeting.
At SCRUG, Roque DeLa Torre's presentation, Subcontractor Coordination in the Real World, will highlight the fact that implementation must take place throughout the industry. And I guarantee that a few feathers will be ruffled when, in Essential Roles of the BIM/Revit Team, Randy Sharp describes how everyone in the organization must commit to process change.
I re-launched the SCRUG in part to focus on the home building industry, which has been slower to adapt than other market sectors, and because of the awareness that there are still many firms that are not fully committed and therefore are struggling with BIM implementation.
Revit implementation challenges are the same for everyone involved in this area of architectural practice. BIM adoption was slowed in part because of the efficiency of CAD methods that have evolved over the past decade. These efficiencies were driven by the limitations of CAD and in some cases are opposed to the whole concept of BIM.
Anyone who has used Revit extensively knows that it is more efficient and yields a better product than traditional methods. In contrast, many CAD users do not realize how dramatically that technology has affected our profession, with every efficiency accompanied by invisible costs which may be as intangible as the benefits of BIM, however no less real. The process of Building Information Modeling returns the overall responsibility for design to the architect. Responsibility that has been given away in bits and pieces for the expediency that is demanded by CAD.
Revit implementation requires commitment, perseverance, and encouragement on all levels. While focusing on production and deliverables there must also be an emphasis on moving BIM upstream. The benefits of BIM and Revit are known to all. The real challenge is finding the right approach to training, transition and implementation that provides the confidence users need to overcome the obstacles that are encountered during process change.
A. Jay Holland