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Construction Technology: Taking BIM to the Mainstream

Alice-India Garwood
by Alice-India Garwood on February 16, 2019

BIM has been welcomed with open arms in to the construction and architecture tech family. But, there still seems to be some nervousness around BIM and the ways in which it can better help the construction industry increase efficiency. Tech has been a hot and cold issue for many years in construction, but with the UK government investing money in the further development of BIM, what else can be done to help BIM go mainstream.

The benefits of BIM for projects large and small are seemingly endless. So what is standing in the way of this technology being adopted on a wider scale? With governments backing it financially, it really is time we open ourselves up to what this new tech has to offer.

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What is the best way to do this?

First and foremost, awareness.

In passing, BIM may seem to many project managers as an unnecessary added cost or even a distraction.

So, what do people need to know about BIM to get them on board?

BIM is the ultimate digital collaborative tool for managing construction projects.

Completely interconnected, If I go in to the programme and edit the size of a window for instance, BIM will automatically update anything and everything connected with this and the results will appear for everyone.

"BIM is the ultimate digital collaboration tool for managing construction projects on-site or in the office."

No more complicated hand drawings. No more messaging back and forth to make sure everyone knows about the changes. It’s just done and ready to go.

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How could you say no?

The issue, is the same across the construction industry. There is a reluctance to adopt it in to our daily use.

We are comfortable with smartphones, apps, computers and even drones in our daily lives, so why are we rejecting life changing tech at work?

"There is a reluctance to adopt it in to our daily use."

There was a time when Google was just a name and now we have adopted it in to our vocabulary as a verb.

How often have you said: “I don’t know, Google it”?

There is no reason that in the next few years we won’t be saying: “I don’t know, BIM it." It seems such a small thing but the verbification of brands is a sign of their deep integration into our lives and shouldn’t be ignored.

It’s still an intimidating piece of tech, and naturally, people are afraid of the future. The construction industry is a long way behind other industries with regard to adopting tech.

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According to Richard Saxon, a consultant who has been brought onboard to help make BIM more accessible, it could be that while the industry is using BIM, they made need extra training. This training might include further context, better understanding of individual elements or all aspects of the technology.

This extra training, it is hoped, will allow users to get more from their BIM experience and giving more value to the tech on a day-to-day basis

We at Bobtrade welcome this growing tech presence in the construction industry and foresee some incredible changes on the horizon. The future of construction is digital, are you ready for it?

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Alice-India Garwood

Alice-India Garwood

Content Marketing Executive at Bobtrade. Interested in design, sustainability and the history of construction. I love all things indie and theatrical.