Jonathan, CEO of Steel Toe Consulting, agreed: “We have the perfect excuse to go digital,” he said. “Right now, physical drawings are not a good thing. I think people want a hybrid – to keep the old stuff and have the new stuff too. That works sometimes, but a big percentage of the time you have to can the old stuff to pick up the new stuff.”
Ralph, Project Solutions Manager at Harkins Builders, added that contractors have a ways to go in harnessing the power of BIM in their toolkit. His suggestion was that BIM technology needs to be democratized and accessible to everyone. However, although the benefits are countless, the process of adoption is never easy. Check-ins and check-ups with both the software and coworkers are essential to successful adoption of BIM processes.
“We have to take this opportunity,” Jeff said. “We have to take it as trade partners, as general contractors. The ones who are really going to shine after this experience are the ones who strengthen their partnerships, digitize more and come together.” In Jeff’s estimation, when the construction industry comes out of this disruption, companies are going to experience a “waterfall” of construction. “The only way we’re going to be able to keep up is with building information technology,” he said.