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BIMxP - Is Planning For Success

posted Jan 16, 2014, 8:14 AM by Michael Schroeder   [ updated Jan 16, 2014, 8:15 AM ]
BIM execution plans (BIMxP) may hold the potential to unlock the promises of BIM technlology. These promises included higher efficiency, cost savings, and higher quality. So where did things go wrong? "Failing to plan is planning to fail" The proverb is never more true in today's information saturated projects. With over a decade of BIM experience, I have seen excellent teams fail and failing teams become excellent. One key factor distinguishes them - Planning.  Everyone wants to excel at BIM, but, the pressures of traditional delivery requirements on top of BIM uses, extinguishes any hope of drastically improving project outcomes.

Projects measure success by their outcomes, not initial plans. So how does BIMxP create better outcomes? The BIMxP is developed at the outset of a project by all project stakeholders. This plan is detailed enough to drive consensus on what BIM will be used for, how to measure, and therefore achieve it. The expectations are set. Once in motion, the plan is continually, referenced and updated. This keeps the entire team aware of interdependence and pulls (does not push) true collaboration.

I've seen amazing results employing BIMxPs. Perhaps BIMxP can finally deliver what BIM has only promised.