BIM—Doing It Right™ Recorded Webinar Series: Topics Covered

Webinar 1: "Everywhere you turn everyone is talking or writing about BIM. Why aren’t you seeing it on the projects you work on?"

Description: This webinar examines the current state in the construction industry as it relates to the usage of Building Information Modeling (BIM). Acknowledging that the adoption of BIM appears to be slower than what one would think, the webinar provides reasons for the slow adoption rates. The next step in the program is to examine why it would be to a contractor’s advantage to expedite BIM usage within their market. The session concludes with some thoughts on how to expedite this adoption.

Webinar 2: "What’s in it for me?"

Description: There are many advantages to the contractor for implementing BIM within their firm. These advantages range from internal controls, to being an excellent marketing tool. This webinar will explore many of these advantages. BIM can provide assistance through every phase of a project, including after the project is complete. Included in the webinar are discussions on estimating, scheduling, quality control, and cost reduction strategies.

Webinar 3: "How much is this going to cost me and who should be the person who manages the BIM process?"

Description: This webinar delves into the practical aspects of implementing BIM in a construction firm. The webinar starts with a discussion on two options that are available for entering into the BIM environment. It then provides guidelines for achieving hardware and software requirements. This includes some basic budget costs. The session then concludes with an estimate on budgeting the time needed to start an internal BIM program.

Webinar 4: "Aligning BIM to Standard Construction Practices"

Description: This session is aimed at describing how BIM can be aligned with current construction practices. The program will lay the foundation of risk management as it relates to BIM and the various construction processes where BIM interacts. There is a discussion on the various levels of development within BIM and how that overlays with the various phases within construction. This overlay also links with the various phases of estimating and other construction processes. The final segment is how BIM enables "lean construction" practices.

Webinar 5: "What comes first, the bid or the model?"

Description: This webinar provides some basic BIM definitions and then illustrates the overall BIM process. Contractors are then advised to rethink their business process to more fully utilize the power of BIM. Building a BIM Model to explore construction options can be a valuable internal tool, that Model than can be used to market the expertise of the contractor. The BIM Model can also be used prior to bid as a tool to refine the bid and make it more accurate.

Webinar 6: "How can I use BIM to control process and cost?"

Description: This webinar starts with a discussion on "lean construction", and how using BIM can help foster the use of lean on any given construction project. There will an exploration on how BIM can be an aid for predicting accurate production rates. Quality control is essential part of all contracting firms. BIM can be a great asset it developing and monitoring effective QC methods. Cost control on a construction project can be a difficult task in our industry. Translating the Model onto the jobsite both in pre-planning and execution can provide a means for controlling costs.

Webinar 7: "Enabling the power and value of BIM to the contractor"

Description: There will be a discussion at the beginning of this webinar on the traditional design-bid-build process used in construction today. BIM can provide the contractor with greater influence on their scope of work if utilized in both design and construction of a structure. Providing the design team with critical information can generate power to the contractor. The final segment in the webinar will communicate how the use of BIM can facilitate project management.

Webinar 8: "Taking your first steps in BIM"

Description: This webinar covers the initial steps a contracting firm should take if it is interested in engaging in BIM. It is important for the contractor to understand that using BIM is more far reaching then just purchasing software. The webinar covers the concept of establishing an executive steering committee within the firm to develop a strategic plan, followed by initiating the tactics to fully appreciate the uses of BIM. The webinar concludes with a quick road map to integrate BIM into the firm, and some basics for training for all firm members.

Webinar 9: "Training — the roadmap to proficiency in BIM for the contracting firm"

Description: This webinar provides information related to implementing BIM within a contracting firm. It starts with the understanding that the successful use of BIM may require a cultural shift within the firm. To fully utilize the power of BIM the firm should begin with a team approach to project management. Starting with a BIM specialist, the team should consist of all functions that participate in the execution of the project. This requires a training program that includes technology, collaboration techniques, process modifications, and liability exposure.

Webinar 10: "Risk Management in a BIM Environment"

Description: This webinar starts with an analysis of the risk and liabilities issues that exist when working in a BIM environment. Using that as a basis, the webinar then reviews two available contract forms that help to protect the contractor on a BIM project. The next segment then explores insurance, and provides some guidance on provisions that the contractor may want to include. To conclude the session provides an exposure checklist as an aid.