BIM – it’s a state of mind
BIM take-up through the UK architectural world has been patchy. Many practices like us have been doing it for years … others are only just taking it up. But BIM isn’t about the software – that’s purely the enabler for a much bigger issue. Collaboration.
Egan set the ball rolling in the 90s with Rethinking Construction. His team reported: “The industry should create an integrated project process around the four key elements of product development, project implementation, partnering the supply chain and production of components.”
That’s exactly what BIM delivers. For once, a software programmes such as REVIT have met the needs of users. Unusual – IT usually imagines what we need then forces us to work that way!
So why the slow take-up? It’s to do with trust. Many in our industry are still sceptical about the idea of transparency and collaboration. Issues of professional liability creep in and everyone backs off.
For our practice, BIM is the way we do it … collaborating, sharing, partnering. Working around the world with multinational teams it’s the only way to do it – it’s a state of mind.