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Baby Steps with BIM – Learning to Walk the Talk

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Kathryn Davies, Suzanne Wilkinson and Dermott Mcmeel

Baby Steps with BIM – Learning to Walk the Talk

Abstract: Although there is a great deal of enthusiasm reported for companies to adopt BIM for improved project outcomes and industry productivity, the process of developing BIM expertise is not always an easy one. Project teams frequently come together with a very wide range of knowledge and differing levels of enthusiasm for taking on a BIM ‘experiment’. This paper details the BIM implementation process on two New Zealand projects undertaking BIM with largely inexperienced teams. Interviews were carried out with practitioners involved in the projects, who were largely “BIM positive”. Their narratives present an optimistic view of the BIM intentions, while still being realistic about problems that emerged. Issues for future consideration are identified. Most revolve around team communication factors and the importance of open and constructive relationships with all parties.

Keywords: BIM, Adoption, Implementation, Case Study

DOI: https://doi.org/10.24928/JC3-2017/0253

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