Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Automation, Collaboration, Consistency, Solver

BIM come with many advantages over our traditional methods of doing things - from inception, design, contracting, construction and facility management.

People come to you to describing the capabilities of BIM by explain the features of BIM - coherent database, parametric modeling, collaborative client-server strategies, bundled libraries, popular data formats, allied partner softwares/solutions, work scheduling tools, seamless diagnosis applications ... etc.

At first instance you may map the above BIM features/software features to your particular business processes.  Instead I would suggest you first look into the nature of these improvements if they are your/your company's concern, in terms of cost saving and quality assurance:

1. Automation
What are the value generated if particular human process was replaced/improved by putting it into machines?  Is there any balance you will strike for Quality vs. Time vs. Cost?  What and where is the learning curve?  Is there any new loopholes generated by eliminating the old loopholes?

2. Collaboration
Is quality collaboration crucial to your business?  Differentiate them from in-house collaboration to external collaboration and treat them separately.  You will probably get a 100% "yes" from your boss to both streams because it's a standard PR answer.  I assure you it's not quite so if you put this issue in monetary terms.

3. Consistency
Practically we never get 100 out of 100 marks offering our services.  One of the major reasons is work consistency - drawings, specification, illustrations and even site works.  Is "consistency" giving you a competitive edge of your service?  Give it a measure and balance it with your input to achieve it.

4. Solver
Works could be very complex that you have to put more people, and hence, money to work it out.  In extremity you may report to your boss that it's just not feasible at all to place tender on certain works.  Today's softwares open you new opportunities to tackle complex jobs and render them "feasible".  Have a good study of them to "level up" your company's profile in faster pace.

Once you categorize your improvements in these 4 fields of application, you could review it easily with the same language.  Avoid making matrix tables of evaluation for sake of global understanding.


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