BIM Business Process / Strategy

Collaborative BIM projects require fundamental changes in business practices among architects, builders, owners, business product manufacturers (BPMs), users, and all other facility stakeholders.

BIM required adoption of many principles existent in LEAN/integrated project delivery methods such as IPD for major new construction, and JOC (job order contracting) for repair, renovation, sustainability projects for existing buildings and minor new construction.

Traditional exchange barriers, common with design-bid-build and design-build must be removed.

  1. Project goals must be clearly defined by the Owner, and acceptable to all constituents.
  2. Project participants have an adequate level of  competency in BIM and associated project delivery methods, as well complementary knowledge domains.
  3. Collaboration, communication, transparency, and shared risk/reward must be common components, and a life-cycle perspective employed vs. “single project/engagement” or “hit and run” mentality.


While emphasis to date has been upon “model-based” planning, in reality, “management-based” planning or process-based planning is the important aspect relative to BIM.  Building Information Modeling, should have been defined as Building INFORMATION MANAGEMENT, with collaborative project delivery methods and complementary knowledge domains (CAFM, CMMS, CPMS, BAS, and GIS… to name a few…  appropriately integrated.

A view of the BUILDING INFORMATION MANAGEMENT, or better yet a BUILDING INFORMATION MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK, is should below.
is also shown.

via 4Clicks.com – a leader in construction cost estimating and project management software of integrated project delivery methods.

Images 1 and 2 from “Change Agents AEC Pty, LTD 2011”