Once companies have the “why” figured out and the problems they want to solve, they need to create a plan to adapt their existing workflow for BIM. Organizations must prepare for extensive overhauls of processes that become streamlined or largely automated in the BIM. The testing and prototyping of potential systems allow businesses to discover their exact requirements, rather than guessing at what they think would be best suited for their projects.

Widespread change is often difficult, and BIM may end up altering workflows that have lasted for more than a decade. A change management plan that focuses on training staff to adapt to a new way of doing things and how it makes their jobs easier. Organizations should also work closely with the front-line employees who will end up using BIM the most and develop advocates to improve adoption rates.

Businesses start out by looking at BIM as a cure-all panacea for all of their problems, even if they don’t fully understand what they need to solve. By taking a broader approach and exploring how BIM fits into the organization’s workflow, companies can achieve the benefits that first drew them to the solution in the first place. The procurement, deployment and optimization process takes some time, but it’s worth it when they have a shared model that everyone works from.