While building information modeling (BIM) has the promise to improve the collaborative process and align stakeholders on a construction project, its potential has yet to be fully realized.
In his third article in a six-part project management series for ArchitectMagazine.com, Phil Bernstein examines the ongoing misalignment issues that continue to create challenges for projects in the architecture, engineering, construction, and operations (AECO) sector. Phil, who is associate dean at the Yale School of Architecture and an Autodesk fellow, says that technical, procedural, and cultural roadblocks are major impediments to the implementation of trusted BIM solutions.
Ultimately, a shared BIM solution needs to be built using trusted data. This data must be trusted by both its creator and all the stakeholders who will rely on that information. A given set of data, Phil says, must be trusted across the complex matrix of transactions that comprise the delivery of a construction project.
Digital technology alone is not a panacea for developing an efficient project management framework. “Even when model-based data is generated in the same software tool,” says Phil, “significant effort is required to establish the workflow protocols, sharing approaches, and levels of resolution necessary for trustable exchange.”
One of the challenges for ACEO project managers is to ensure the alignment of digital data with the needs and expectations of stakeholders. The real question is how BIM can be used to standardize workflows, protocols, and business models. It also is essential to reconcile procedural incompatibilities at all levels—such as between architects, builders, and facility managers.
In order to implement a trusted BIM protocol, project managers need to establish, articulate, and reinforce project goals during project development. “Information trust,” says Phil, “is a proxy for deeper pathologies across the building supply chain.”
Learn more about Phil’s perspective on how to overcome project delivery misalignment by reading the full story on Architect.