Team is More Important Than Ever in Today’s BIM World

It is often said there is no “I” team, and this is indeed true. Let us also note that there is no “You” in BIM. In the AECO industry, where organizations comprise of dozens or even hundreds of specialists from diverse backgrounds, immense value is placed on leaders who can establish efficient and consistent collaboration.

In this digital era, we shouldn’t go forward in projects alone, working separately in our bubbles. Instead, we need to focus on working as a a player within a larger team. Now that BIM has innovated the industry with its capacity to drastically improve efficiency, productivity, time and costs savings, and sustainability, we must adjust our workflows to accommodate the BIM process. The BIM process requires different disciplines to collaborate within their designated teams and also with each other. Groups of consultants, contractors, and manufacturers work together to contribute their assigned tasks, while simultaneously collaborating with each other on the overall project delivery in order to achieve set goals and milestones.

Meanwhile, the client is hoping they have hired the best players to make their dream a reality. The simple fact is, if each sub-team communicates effectively within themselves and also with one another, then the outcome will reflect the agreed-upon design and infrastructure. However, in order to produce the desired model within the appropriate timeframe, effective collaboration and communication must be addressed from the kick-off.

BIM has revolutionized the AECO industry, shifting the focus from “star architects” to “star teams.” BIM models enable project team members to work simultaneously and update changes in real time: so there’s no need for one person to take the strain and work independently. As a result, BIM resolves the classic team effort flaw, of strong players picking up the slack for the weaker ones. People are forced to take accountability for their work, improving efficiency, productivity, collaboration, and trust throughout the project lifecycle.

BIM encourages us to approach each project as a collaborative opportunity. Systematic thinking starts by asking yourself; How will these actions I execute, way over here in my part of the organization, affect someone way over there in another part of the team? How would they receive what I’m proposing?

So on a closing note; before waving your arms in the air exclaiming, “I can do BIM” – don’t jump into the project without proper training. You will most likely create cracks in the process, and be known as that weak player. Step out of your comfort zone, ask some questions, have a live conversation, and stop assuming. Understand that to deliver any project with BIM maturity, means acting as a team player. Instead of “Star Architect”, think “Star Team.”

Written By:

Shivani Soni
Solutions Specialist, Architecture
London, UK