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What Does It Mean to Introduce BIM Standards Into a Company?

The use of new methodologies for the design and management of a work brings with it a series of advantages for the company that decides to use them, but undoubtedly alongside these advantages there are also initial doubts on how best to use them. One of these revolutionary new techniques is definitely BIM, which is bringing great benefits to companies, which can be amplified through the use of standards and guidelines. Below you can read an interesting study on the topic written by Ernesto Pellegrino, Marika Prete and Eleonora Palladino who are part of the BIM team of La SIA.

The Importance of Bim Standards

The construction sector is experiencing strong changes in terms of methods and processes that regulate complex sector activities. The greater diffusion of these digitalization methodologies, which are identified with the acronym BIM, accelerate these changes more and more. BIM, like any self-respecting “method”, requires, or at least acquires greater value in terms of quality, when it is regulated or based on guidelines and standards. In this regard, there are many publications, available online, of this documentation prepared by various institutional organizations.

Standards are like “foundations of a building” for the production and management of data and are intended to ensure uniformity and consistency of information. In a sense, without them the collaboration between the work teams will be problematic at best and at worst, will lead to the complete failure of the activities. The definition of the guidelines will bring a series of advantages, some of which: • Increase in information quality with consequent increase in process quality and vice versa • Reduction of time for individual operating activities • Better interdisciplinary coordination • Greater security and awareness on how to carry out the various tasks

As mentioned above, to date there are already defined standards from which each company could take advantage of, using them as starting points for the definition of its own guidelines, “tailored” to the needs and business objectives. Certainly, the difficulties in drafting these guidelines are not few since the construction sector is very complex and is characterized by a large number of variables and figures involved. However, before starting to introduce BIM standards within your organization, it may be useful to keep these 3 concepts in mind: 1. There is no universal method 2. The identification of objectives is important for defining methods and processes 3. Software is only a tool, people determine the process

The application of these guidelines will provide, over time, a series of feedback that will allow you to optimize your workflows, always hitting your targets and meeting the needs of the company.

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