Overcoming BIM adoption inertia – The road to the new nirvana

There’s almost a universal acceptance of the benefits of BIM with adoption pressures driven by external and / or internal sources:

  • Government decree at local and national level and private sector owners / operators who recognised the benefits BIM delivers over the total building life cycle and its cost saving opportunities
  • Forward thinking organisations recognizing mid to long term efficiency, productivity and quality advantages in the pursuit of higher margins

The reality about what it actually means to be truly BIM compliant only hits home when organisations start to evaluate their current design and workflow practices.  The scale of change generally required to become BIM compliant only becomes apparent:

  • When evaluating the current design and workflow practices in use across the organisation and recognising and evaluating design and workflow practices can vary widely between offices in the same organisation and more so where these offices have been merged and acquired from different organisations
  • Understanding the need to consolidate available data and information from the various sources in the different offices and staff computers to establish organisation wide room and equipment libraries based by sector e.g. education, healthcare, transport, civics etc and being able to identify by client by sector
  • Establish best practice to develop a single cohesive firm wide design and workflow standard (s)
  • Recognizing not all staff will buy into this new brave world with the imposition of organisational and workflow changes and some staff will never accept this need for change whatever the incentive


Can the new nirvana be achieved without pain, trials and tribulations?  Yes!

It’s based on the old adage “How do you eat an elephant?” answer “slice and dice it”

Using the lessons learnt from other sectors where enterprise wide solutions such as ERP or CRM have been deployed to great effect.  This has been achieved by adopting a structured and phased implementation program minimising disruption and speeding up the process.

It also needs organisations to be completely open minded about adopting new workflow practices replacing legacy practices which today probably nobody can remember why it was done that way in the first place.

CodeBook has 20 years’ experience in Building Data Management (BDM) developing a comprehensive structured methodology for implementation and training to ensure clients benefit from the efficiency, productivity and quality benefits BIM delivers in the shortest timeframe.

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