Nor for IPD.
Not then and not now.
Its part of the disconnect we’re experiencing in the profession and industry.
BIM may be purpose-built,
But nothing’s purpose-driven until it’s owner-driven.
And right now, other than healthcare and government mandates, very little is being driven by anybody.
So while owners didn’t ask for BIM or for IPD,
What they did ask for was less waste and adversity, more predictability and value.
We said we can give you that.
And we did.
Or so we thought.
Because we didn’t give them less and more of what they asked for.
To us – they’re the same.
One leads to the other.
But to them – there’s a difference.
And that difference takes the form of a gap.
A gap we’ve yet to fill.
We as a profession and industry may be making great strides in adopting, implementing and using the technology and collaborative work processes necessary to make BIM and integrated design a reality.
But we’re doing little when it comes to explaining what BIM and IPD can do – what they’re capable of – to the client.
Take them out of the box for the owner.
Give them a demonstration of how they work.
Put in the batteries and turn them on.
Then, once you got that going, show them how BIM enables IPD.
In giving owners BIM and IPD, we gave them exactly what they wanted and needed.
We gave them fire.
And we gave them the wheel.
Only they don’t know that yet.
Because we haven’t told them.
And until owners know what BIM and IPD mean to their goals and to their businesses, they won’t value them.
After taking BIM and IPD for a spin, they’ll be back into the bin with the other toys.
This wheel’s on fire
Rolling down the road
Best notify my next of kin
This wheel shall explode!
Bob Dylan, who wrote these lyrics, an evocation of chaos, turns 70 this week.
If BIM and integrated design hope to see their 70th birthday
We need to do a better job of describing, explaining and justifying just what they mean.
What they do.
And who they do it for.
Design professionals and constructors are visual types.
If words were our strong suit, we’d be on the owner side ourselves.
But what is obvious to us may not be clear to them.
We need to become better storytellers – for that’s really how one learns best.
And not by berating with bullets and numbers.
The LinkedIn group, BIM for Owners, and James Salmon’s Collaborative BIM Advocates are a start.
We need to convince our owners to not only join, but join the discussion and participate.
We need them to understand how they, and their project, can benefit.
And while data and hard numbers help, in the end it’s not a rational choice.
But one of trust, gut and intuition.
So that they in turn proactively request BIM and IPD on every job.
Until owners no longer have to ask for them.
Because BIM and integrated design will be – a foregone conclusion – part of the atmosphere.
As ever-present, prevalent – and necessary – on design and construction projects as windows and doors.
Then, and only then, we’ll have something to celebrate.