BIM Challenge: Collaborating effectively with the whole team.

What does that word mean anyway?  Time to teach that old dog a new trick.

I have found it to be difficult when starting a project to get the team to be fully collaborative on the project.  The words “Fully collaborative” what exactly does that mean? It seems we are still stuck in a workflow that keeps our focus in one area of the project.  This is going to be a difficult transition with some.  Somehow we need to focus on the whole project, whether you are just drawing the details or creating the elevations.  BIM is about the power of communication, Collaboration, and the integrated workflow.

This is where the Model Coordinator on a project becomes a must on all projects with more than 1 Revit user.  The Model Coordinator needs to know what’s going on inside the model and the project.  I have come up with a list of responsibilities for the MC of the project:

  • Keeping an eye on the Revit Model size.
  • Communicates with the consultants
  • Coordinates the team on Modeling, and what not to model
  • Is the point person for the BIM Manager/BIM Specialist in the office
  • Communicates major modeling changes or updates with the team.

“Building trust is one of your most important non-billable activities.” – Paul Munford – AUGI World, November 2014