If one had to name the single most important aspect of BIM, I would select the project delivery method. Collaborative methods are a requirement. They set the tone, establish responsibilities, and determine if/how information is shared (as well as when and the format)… and ultimately determine the success or failure. The good news is they are not new and they are proven. The bad is that the market has cultural objection to change and to sharing. Examples of collaborative methods are Integrated Project Delivery, IPD, Job Order Contracting, JOC, Public Private Partnerships, PPP, etc.
Equally important is a life-cycle view vs. first cost mentality. This provides true value for everyone and removes the disadvantages associated with low bid.
I have been blessed to be able to work with the largest Owners across all market sectors as well as contractors, subs, and AEs of all sizes. My focus is upon both the strategic aspects of life-cycle management and tactical implementation supported by technology and robust data architectures.
As we all know, there’s a lot of dysfunction in the AECOO market, Folks continue to attempt to reinvent the wheel despite proven business best practices, vendors (especially software) mislead by saying the “do everything”…especially the IWMS folks. Also the BIM focus has largely focused upon 3D visualization and many don’t even understand life-cycle management, requirements, and/or metrics.
The 3D visualization aspect BIM has little true value at the moment other that pretty pictures, crash detection, and prefabrication (specific material vendors).
BIM is really BLM (built-environment life-cycle management) and therefore must support a as framework of collaborative project delivery. Many/most current methods and models only support linear and/or serial processes vs. parallel co-existent cycles.
A BIM / BLM primary issue that has been largely avoided to date is the lack of a robust BLM (built-environment life-cycle management) ONOTLOGY. BLM/BIM will continue to be impossible without one. For starters what is a life-cycle…what are the primary phases…competencies…technologies… metrics…?
There is a reason BLM/BIM has stagnated… and this is it.
Is there a BIM/BLM clear mission statement, clear value. proposition, robust ontology….documented proven business best practices, quantitative metrics… all of these must precede technology.
Tech is just an enabler for cost-efficient deployment, etc.