What are the top 10 mistakes that minimize the benefits of 5D BIM or VDC into your company?
#10 - Assume it is as simple as purchasing one copy of the different software
packages / modules and asking a young computer savvy project engineer
to “try it.”
#9 - Hire a good modeling person who has not had experience with the 3 key
construction skills: constructability and coordination, quantity take-off and
estimating, and schedule planning and schedule production control.
#8 - Assume that your project teams will embrace new things without adequate
corporate planning and support.
#7 - Push as much of the BIM contract requirements down to the subcontractors as
possible so that your company is not controlling the quality of the effort.
#6 - Don’t treat 5D BIM as a Strategic Opportunity to differentiate your company from
others, it is just a tool for clash detection.
#5 - Don’t invest any time with the Senior Executive team, explaining how the
systems work and how they could (if you choose) become integrated part of
#4 - Assume that your company currently has an Estimating Database that contains
all the information that your Estimators use to prepare an accurate proposal for
a project, or the detailed cost breakdown later.
#3 - Mandate that in order to use 5D BIM, it must do everything that you do today the
same way. In other words you are not willing to change processes to become
#2 - Don’t have a written plan covering at least 12 months of your BIM initiative.
#1 - Assume that using BIM for clash detection and coordination makes your
company an expert in BIM, you’ll find there are others who are much, much more
In my next blog, I’ll address a strategic plan to avoid all these pitfalls. But in the meantime, here are the Top 10 Reasons To Do 5D BIM.
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Webinar: The BIM Master Class Series
Webpage: The D's of BIM
Webpage: The 5D BIM Checklist