The directive that sets out the instruction to achieve specific goals and aims of the company. Understanding these company objectives requires an understanding of the underlying issues that initiated this instruction.
I briefly touched on some of the reasons in my first post but more specifically the company had done their homework and realized that there was potential for 3d modelling with intelligent attributes to contribute to the reduction of time spent on project designs with a reduction in costs. Over time an accumulation of work had developed a backlog of projects that could benefit from a cohesive 3D strategy.
They had done their homework but I had only just started. This industry was relatively new to me so I first had to understand the company business model, their quality processes, engineering design methods, their product, procurement, installation and commissioning procedures.
They also have various regulatory authority commitments, environmental obligations and quality assurances that influence how the company operates. Its always a good idea to study a company’s existing structure and work practices before implementing a 3D/BIM solution as careful research can achieve good results with minimal cost and minimal impact on these processes and procedures.
The actual design workflow was ultimately where I would need to focus my attention to achieve these results but done so in consideration of what the company is about and what they do.
I have seen many examples in the last few years where BIM has been implemented incurring huge costs to the company concerned because the people responsible believe the best solutions are software based without due consideration for the opportunities that can be gained from proper analysis of the actual design processes.