The members of the work team do not require previous training to integrate themselves in the Open BIM flow, since they do not need to modify their current working habits because they are not obliged to use the large BIM tools.
Gradually integrate yourself in the BIM environment.
Currently, to carry out the development of a project, the intervention of a specific working group is required, where each task is perfectly assigned depending on the scope of knowledge of each user.
This way of working is difficult to implant in current BIM tools, since all the project information is centralised and managed by one application in a single file, with its own format. It also obliges all the members of the team to work with the same tool and with all the volume of the project.
In the Open BIM workflow, the information that makes up the project is distributed in accordance with the intervening disciplines. This way, each user generates and manages only the information belonging to the part of the project which she/he is responsible for.
Development in phases
With existing BIM applications, it is necessary to know the solutions that will be adopted in the project, from the initial phases of its development. Additionally, this information is required with a level of definition that is difficult to know at the start. This means that BIM models are currently generated as a final and optional result of the whole project effort and as a manual and specific task, i.e., decoupled from the decision-making process in the project phase.
The Open BIM flow, when the project is developed progressively, allows users to provide, value and establish, on the BIM model, the solutions that can be considered as being convenient in the project phase.
Additionally, since it is possible to update the BIM model at any time, each of the areas making up the project can be defined with more or less detail, depending on the development phase in which it is. In other words, each discipline can be defined depending on the moment, but also depending on the other intervening fields, and being able to check if there are any inconsistencies between them and rectify what is required.
One of the fundamental properties of BIM applications is the ease with which project drawings are obtained based on the design model. However, it is complicated to create specialised drawings with a generic BIM application, since the criteria to create them depends strictly on the discipline, the code to apply and country in which the project is being carried out.
In the proposed workflow, the solutions that are adopted for each discipline are very precise and specific. These results are obtained using applications that have been designed for that purpose.
Furthermore, the specialised applications themselves are capable of generating the specific documents for these specific solutions, such as drawings, diagrams, bills of quantities or reports, and all adapted to the corresponding codes.