There is one thing that leaders of the construction industry and good government activists can agree on: Greater transparency on construction projects benefits everyone.
During the last few years, increased transparency has had a remarkable effect on projects. Traditional adversarial relationships have become more trusting and there have been measurable gains in efficiency. But the most striking transformation is just beginning, as cloud, mobile, and now BIM technologies become embedded in every phase of project delivery.
In the world of megaproject delivery, companies are continually challenged to do things better, smarter, and faster just to remain competitive. As the industry continues its gradual adoption of cloud and mobile technologies, new and more collaborative approaches to managing processes are emerging.
BIM: Leading the Way
This is particularly true for building information modeling (BIM, or virtual design and construction (VDC) in some industries), a key space and emerging competitive battleground. In a recent survey by CONJECT (an Aconex company)1, BIM-users reported the top two benefits of BIM to be faster capture and resolution of design issues and clashes, and improved understanding and visibility of design decisions. Infusing cloud and mobile technologies into BIM is further emphasizing these benefits.
The development of good habits, instinctive behaviors that allow a person to flawlessly complete complex tasks, is the key to the success of any major endeavor, from running a major corporation to overseeing a construction megaproject.
In the context of top-performing project teams, individual habits add up to project-wide processes. Teams with the most efficient processes have the most successful projects. But what happens when a process that worked great in the past becomes outdated? This is the challenge facing teams on construction projects of all sizes as the industry’s growing adoption of cloud + mobile technologies allows for new, more collaborative approaches.
“We must learn to overcome paradigms that worked in the past but that new technological, social or market contexts make obsolete,” the organizers of the European BIM Summit declared when they announced the conference last year.
After years of questions about whether Building Information Modeling (BIM) significantly improves a project’s ROI, the debate is over.
In a McGraw Hill Construction survey of more than 700 contractors across ten countries, 50 percent of respondents with high BIM engagement levels reported an ROI greater than 25 percent. Ninety percent reported some level of ROI, ranging from reduced errors and omissions to less rework and faster project delivery.