Saturday, April 14, 2007

People, Workforce, Professionals

Say you just acquired a driving license, your best friend lent you a Porsche, with turbo, nitro, rocket propeller(??) ... whatever, and told you: "drive it work, dating, shopping, to breath country air. You'll forget how to live without it."

Yeah, you forget because you may probably lose you legs - that is, you have to forget.

Turn to any page lectures implementing IT solutions, there's always a ROI graph telling you the cost and return versus time during implementation. Not only investment, time and opportunities may suffer the same for design house or contracting companies, making the input potentially higher. Luckily the majority of AEC-related businesses are human-force-centric, there are always affordable plan B and team B to tie up the lose ends if anything fails.

Implementing BIM won't cost you limbs.

Many of the failing, or unsatisfactory stories I came across were related to people:

- people see innovation as career threat

- enthusiastic people have no time; those who have were forced to be enthusiastic

- fluent software operators are scare

- ambiguous target user group BIM softwares were designed for

- rapid staff turnover

While we have little control over some of these hurdles, there are some golden (at least I think) rules we could follow to make BIM a success, regardless of these glitches:

1. BIM is about efficiency and quality of works which involves a series of processes and methods, together with software solutions.

2. Before you make any decision to choose what software to use and define your goal, make sure you have setup guidelines or procedures to make sure the process and methods you gonna have will be recorded down and managed from time to time.

3. These guidelines is like a PQP of ISO-9001, except it's just a few lines of principles written on 1 piece of A4 paper.  Because whatever BIM software you adopt should have a particular instrument (software capabilities) to help you record and maintain these procedures.

4. If your belief is similar to mine that BIM would streamline the design documentation process and coordinations, the procedures will form a major chapter of your office's PQP, though they may not be legitimately so.  Be serious about it and put your seriousness into an action plan, otherwise people will just find hard to follow you. Worst of all, they think you're just waxing the company logo.

Just like you don't want your people to take away the T-bar when they leave, make BIM like all other stationaries to stay with your company.


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