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Employee Buy-In Is Key to a Successful BIM Transition

A productive, positive workforce of new Revit users starts with communication, training, and a dose of reassurance.


Making the move to building information modeling is usually decided by those in a position of authority, yet those most affected by it are typically the users in the trenches. I have seen several situations where the communication to those on the front lines of the change has been less than effective. Instead of an explanation or discussion, it’s usually an unsympathetic declaration: "We are moving to BIM and you will like it."



After working with many large firms that have made the move to BIM, I firmly believe that the key to a successful BIM implementation is buy-in from your users. The more employees you get on board with this move, the higher the success rate, plain and simple. And getting those users on board takes more than just a blunt announcement; it requires good communication, proper training, and an understanding of their concerns.


A Whole New World — of Software


Making the move to BIM requires many changes, from workflow adjustments to hardware upgrades to increased collaboration among project stakeholders. But it's the migration to a new software platform that can pose the biggest hurdle in the process. In my experience at Autodesk, this typically involves moving CAD drafters and designers from AutoCAD to Autodesk Revit. These users are likely to feel anxiety about the move and wonder if there will be a place for AutoCAD and their AutoCAD skills in the company. Yes, of course there will, because AutoCAD is usually still part of the BIM process. But most AutoCAD users will need to embrace the BIM software that will be central to the new workflow.


I have heard many complaints from stellar AutoCAD users who are unhappy about being forced to move to a different software product. That said, I’m certain that in a couple of years, most of these same people will have embraced Revit thoroughly and be thrilled that they made the move. Well-versed Revit users rarely (and I do mean rarely) want to return to their AutoCAD roots.


Guiding Users through a Turbulent Time


So how do you get your AutoCAD users to accept and embrace this transition and get on the road to Revit sooner?


Let’s take a few steps backward and put ourselves in the typical AutoCAD user's shoes.


They are well versed in AutoCAD, and they know they can get their jobs done with it.

They have invested a tremendous amount of time acquiring and honing their AutoCAD skills. (Let me throw in a friendly reminder that AutoCAD isn't the easiest product to learn.)

Many of them are still working in 2D — and making the move to BIM requires a 3D mindset.

They feel fear, uncertainty, and doubt about making the move to 3D.

Even if they are already familiar with 3D, there is a tremendous amount of anxiety that accompanies switching to new processes and software.

Most don't relate to the business benefits of BIM that upper management preaches about.


source : http://www.cadalyst.com


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