The goal of any BIM technology, including eVolve, in MEP is efficiency: to reduce unnecessary tasks, to eliminate the duplication of work, and to introduce tools to make things more efficient and less wasteful. Incorporating technology and software into your workflow can help you better solve problems, but the technology is only part of the solution. Real savings–of time, of resources and of money–can only be realized by the successful implementation of the software solution.
Implementation is more than just loading the software onto your system. It’s a process of procuring, introducing and adopting the technology into your workflow, your team’s workflow and the workflow of your strategic partners. That doesn’t stop by putting an icon on your screen. In fact, that’s just the beginning.
Whether you’re a small shop or an international firm, having a comprehensive implementation plan will not only lead to a better adoption rate for your software; it will produce a better understanding of what the technology can do. From engineers and architects to the skilled workers on the job site, knowing the full functionality of BIM technology and how it aids their responsibilities on the project makes everyone more comfortable and confident with the technology.
As with anything in the AEC world, successful implementation of technology requires planning from start to finish. This means scheduling and follow up. When you procure a new technology, schedule a time to introduce it to your team and educate them on its purpose. Make sure everyone goes through the appropriate training so you don’t have to waste the time of teammates to get them up to speed. Bring into the process key contractors and partners to make sure they’re up-to-speed with it and to share their experience with it. Their use and integration of the technology will not only enhance your team’s education, but it will also inspire your team to understand how the technology works up and down the process flow.
As your team adopts the technology, make sure they’re incorporating it into their work. Remember that individuals have different comfort levels with change: not everyone is going to embrace a new technology, jumping on the bandwagon and singing its praises. This is where a workgroup can be helpful. Small businesses may need to seek online support groups; larger companies can form in-house user groups. Encourage feedback from teams so you can contact the vendor with questions on the best solutions.
Finally, keep in mind that implementation is an on-going process: new hires, whether straight out of college or experienced senior engineers, should have an introduction to the technology to self-assess their proficiency. And a scheduling, educating and adopting process should be used when an update or new module becomes available.
Ultimately, the time invested in the implementation process will lead to quicker adoption and easier integration of the technology into your workflow, providing the savings you sought.