Getting Started with BIM for Civil Engineering

A Guide to your First Project

Moving to BIM can seem like a daunting task. This guide provides a simple framework that helps you get started putting BIM for infrastructure projects into practice in your organization.

The successful implementation of BIM requires a careful and structured approach that takes into consideration the many integrated components of a firm’s business, starting with a vision and leadership extending to individuals who will apply BIM in their day-to-day execution of projects.

Pilot projects are one component of a well-thought-out BIM implementation plan. This Guide outlines a framework to assist organizations in planning for the deployment of BIM pilot projects.

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BIM Pilot Project | A BIM implementation must be supported by the business as a whole. The implementation framework presented here is based on an organizational transformation that starts with
executive vision and sponsorship and is carried out by an organization’s leaders and its project workforce.

BIM Vision | The vision must outline what the BIM process adoption will achieve for the organization, what the principle elements of the transformation are, and what this evolution will look like at various stages. This isn’t just a vision statement; it is a narrative of where BIM will take the organization.

BIM Leadership | The BIM leadership team must ensure that the BIM vision is translated into actionable tactics to produce the desired outcomes and performance in-line with an organization’s strategic objectives.

Get Started | With the groundwork done, it‘s time to pick a pilot project. BIM practitioners take a number of approaches that include completing a fictitious project or competition, re-doing a recent project as a comparison, or starting a new live project for a client.

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Firms find that the more BIM projects they complete, and the faster and better they complete them, the higher return they get.

Moving to BIM requires the positive support of management and key staff, even more so in larger organizations, together with setting the right expectations at the start of the process, formulating a road map, and ensuring the appropriate level of training for employees.