BIM implementation goes beyond software training, content library and template creation. In order to fully take advantage of a move towards BIM you must coordinate a lot more than just software. It takes some time. The exact amount, however, depends on the flexibility of your firm.
You will quickly realize it takes a considerable amount of time to make your drawings look like they used to when you were using CADD. So, at this point you see the value in developing content for your firm. Then, you invest in the training of your design staff and figure that it’ll take a few projects under their belt before they become proficient, and eventually, profitable.
Some people would be content at this point, but they’d be selling their efforts short. The next step is the hardest to take, but is the one that can reap the most benefits. With BIM, the quantity and quality of information flowing in and out of your model is now very different, to say the least. The information flows into, within and out of your firm at a pace you hadn’t previously experienced. This allows, and requires, you to ask questions and make decisions about your design at moments when you couldn’t before.
The time has come to take a hard look at your design processes, transform your firm and adapt to the new tools you have available at hand.