While BIM is much more than 3D tools they are certainly an important part of the puzzle. At Premier Interlink we generated an implementation plan over the last 12 months in order to migrate from our 2D solution into the 3D world.
The implementation was slow and steady so that we could reduce risk while the users learnt the software while also being able to respond to, and meet, our clients’ requirements.
The software chosen for our structural elements was Autodesk Inventor, this was chosen for many reasons but the main one was the ability to use the internal programming feature ILogic to automate our design process.
This feature was developed by the design team and was successfully switched on earlier in 2014, however what followed is a great example of using progressive change and internal communication to bring excellent returns.
Using our internal departmental ‘Interface Meeting’ process the ILogic and Autodesk Inventor solution was reviewed by the internal users and also a member of our supply chain, following this a list of ‘preferred changes’ was developed and an update program timeline was developed and actioned.
The output of this communication was a significant improvement in our Structural development and output process; we reduced the total number of pdf outputs required by over 40% by working smarter with our deliverables while also reducing the time to complete the steelwork by around 25%.
This is great example of the BIM mindset in action; the next review is due in the 2nd quarter of 2015 when I’m sure further improvements will be made.
Head of Digital Implementation
Premier Interlink (Waco UK)