Every day is a battle to get the firm moving towards a more collaborative BIM environment. I was talking with my associate last week and we were discussing the continual struggle to push up hill to get staff working with new technology. It reminded me of the AUGI article from way back in 2008, “CAD Manager: THE ULTIMATE DIRTY JOB” by Mark W. Kiker. Of course today it would read BIM Manager. He brought up some great key points that are still relevant in today’s world of BIM.
- The troubles of the day may take you away from the initiatives for tomorrow.
- Working towards other people’s goals can rob you of the time needed to complete your own.
- You may spend hours working to prevent problems that others may not even know could exist.
I try to take a moment whenever I feel lost to reacquaint myself with these points. The article goes on to say that most of the Managers find the job ultimately rewarding.
It is very important to keep your perspective on the job, when I was younger I used to get so frustrated I would start looking for a job in other firms, thinking it would be different. Now I realize it’s always the same, the difference is you stop listening to the negative and work towards the positive, and before you know it your ideas are implemented.
I’ve learned to approach staff (users and Project Managers) by showing them the tools that will help me support their project more efficiently. The key seems to be the word “me”. The tools that we have developed of course are the core to doing BIM projects: The BIM Execution Plan, and Progress Tracking. These tools help focus staff on the project deliverables and not get lost in the Revit Model.
I will leave you with a final thought from Mark’s article, which I believe applies to BIM Management also:
“CAD Management is not the easiest career, but it can be very rewarding. The rewards are there every day if you look for them.”
It is amazing to see how far technology has advanced in the AEC industry since my start in 1994. Today, the design landscape has transformed so much it’s mind blowing.
In my first Architectural firm there was no internet, we fought with consultants to use AutoCAD, and had to educate clients on how AutoCAD plans didn’t cost more than hand drafting to produce. Now here we are, 20 years later dancing the same Tango with different music.
At the 2013 Autodesk University keynote address, Autodesk CEO Carl Bass noted that “the illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”(Watch videos from the conference here) While we still may be dancing the same Tango, the music’s tempo is increasing quickly. In other words, technology is progressing at a rapid pace and if we don’t stay current, we will become relics.
BIM Freak was created as a resource to help firms progress towards a full BIM office. While there have been challenges, I have relentlessly advocated for the use of BIM in my firm for a number of years. I am pleased to note that we are now in a stage of transition into a fully integrated BIM-focused firm. I hope that this blog will provide you with useful tips and tricks that I have discovered along the way.