So you’re convinced that BIM will be a good addition to your firm. Unlike more conventional CAD, BIM is composed of intelligent 3D models which make critical design and construction processes such as coordination, communication, and collaboration much easier and faster. However, for these reasons BIM is also seen by many as a more complicated software with a steep learning curve, with the potential to take a large chunk out of a firm’s operating budget during the transition period. So how do you actually transition an entire firm’s process to BIM? Here are ten steps to guide you on your way.

1. Get to know BIM

Before making the big transition to BIM, it’s important to understand how the switch will affect the way your team works. Try to designate 1 or 2 people to investigate any changes which need to happen in order to accommodate the new workflow. A common example of just such a change is that design details often have to be worked out much earlier in BIM than in the 2D world; this is the type of adjustment that will require a change in mentality from your employees, and which your early testers will be able to alert you of.

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