• BIM transition in medium size firms:
For medium size firms BIM acts as an exciting new methodology for structural and architectural building designs. Before implementation of BIM for medium size firms many questions and issues will arise about the technical knowledge of members of the firm, delay in projects due to introduction of newer technology and about increasing costs due to delay and other factors. Such question and issues about BIM introduction can be easily solved by conducting basic training as well as effective planning of implementation of BIM. Thus through proper planning and small preparation, BIM can be swiftly and easily introduced into medium size firms without much interference and disturbance.
• Getting Started with BIM:
Implementation of BIM in medium size firm can be called as Process change or Culture change phenomenon. The members of firm should be equally involved in the decision making of transition to BIM and should prepare themselves for changes in technology. In larger firms, the method of transition of BIM is done one by one people to people and work outs smoothly without much interference created. But in medium and small size firms entire teams are equal contributors in decision making and the activities during BIM transition.
Best option to start with BIM services is to outsource the BIM training for internal staff members. For getting started with BIM one of major aspect of concern is installation of new software and also server needs to be improved. For example high configuration PC’s are to be required for high quality of 3D rendering and animation for BIM.
• Getting Familiar with BIM environment:
Moving the whole team to newer technology sounds little bit risky. Thus the team members of medium sized firms have to go through struggling period during BIM transition. Getting familiar with newer BIM environment becomes very difficult for medium sized firms due to shorter deadlines. It becomes very important to consider the training period of BIM as an investment and everybody should equally involve in activities so that productivity may not get affected.
The best idea of BIM implementation is to provide training on actual current working projects. This results into two sided benefits of better training activities without affecting productivity by keeping project completion time constant.
• Planning after BIM Implementation and Training:
After completion of well planned training session on pilot projects, it’s time for evaluation or assessment. For assessment of trainings members need to start up with any dummy project if time persists or else with next upcoming project. It becomes easy for team members to get acquainted with BIM due to planned training session on current projects. Along with starting new project a detailed time evaluation should be done to calculate advantages and effectiveness of BIM implementation.
In this way smooth BIM transition takes place in Medium sized firms with well planned trainings as well as mutual coordination and support of team members of the firm.