Collaborative, Efficient Construction Delivery Methods – The Real Obstacle to BIM

One of the biggest obstacles in BIM is Collaboration, there is a great blog by pcholakis to help educate

LEAN Construction Project Delivery Methods - Job Order Contracting, IPD, 5D BIM

The Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Operations, Owner (AECOO) sector must engage in collaborative construction delivery methods in over achieve any measurable performance improvement in the life-cycle management of the built environment.

Building Information Management, Model and Modeling


BIM is a term which represents three separate but linked functions:

Building Information Management: Is the ORGANIZATION & CONTROL of the business process by utilizing the information in the digital prototype to effect the sharing of information over the entire lifecycle of an asset. The benefits include centralized and visual communication, early exploration of options, sustainability, efficient design, integration of disciplines, site control, as built documentation, etc.–effectively developing an asset lifecycle process and model from conception to final retirement.

Building Information Model: Is the DIGITAL REPRESENTATION of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. As such it serves as a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility, forming a reliable basis…

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My First Post… Hoping to be 1 of many.

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.