Thursday 3 September 2015

Promoting and Implementing BIM in your Office

Having a hard time getting your office to adopt, or effectively work with BIM?  

Laura Kay Smith (aka the BIM Freak) has recently released her e-book on promoting and implementing BIM in your office. In this e-book Laura shares some of her tips and tricks that worked for her including examples of her process, and her experiences and outcomes of a BIM implementation.

Here's an excerpt from Laura's book.

I am amazed to see how far technology has come in the Architectural, Engineering, 
Construction (AEC) industry since my start in 1994. Here it is over 20 years later and the 
landscape has transformed so much it is mind blowing. 

In my first architectural firm there was no internet, our computers were running the new Windows 3.1, and we shared files on floppy disks between consultants. AutoCAD was met with much resistance by many in the industry and our struggle at that time was to convince consultants that producing plans did not cost more than hand drafting them. Sound familiar?Twenty years later, we are still dancing the same tango, just with different music.

My hope is that this book will help you facilitate the transformation of your office into full BIM Integration. It is worth it! While attending the keynote address at the Autodesk University 2013 in Las Vegas, I heard a great quote: “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn” Technology is moving forward fast and if we don’t jump on the train we will become relics.

Now lets have some fun teaching and implementing this great thing called BIM. It’ going to be hard work, and it’s won't always be easy, but the payoff is incredible.

This book is a valuable resource for anyone implementing BIM or in the early stages of introducing BIM into a firm.

Check out more information on Laura's blog and you can buy a copy of her e-book HERE



  1. Thanks Scott for you support, I hope this book can help those in the beginning and those struggling in the middle of the battle.

  2. I was recently hired by a company to fill the role of a Revit Technician. More and more I'm serving in the capacity of a BIM Coordinator or Manager for some of our projects. It appears that we may soon be in need of a project manger or project coordinator. I was wondering: would a BIM Manager/Coordinator make a decent project manager? Could they serve both capacities in an office that doesn't work exclusively in Revit? And would this book provide insight into this quandary?

  3. Yes I believe a BIM Manager/Coordinator would make a decent Project Manager, if they have the PM skill sets. There is a big difference between managing the BIM aspect of a project and managing the entire project.

    This book may not answer that question for you.

    One piece of advice that has always served me well has been to take on the role that you aspire too. If you want to become the company BIM manager start acting like the company BIM manager, likewise for PM.

    Hope this helps!