PES BIM Principles Part 1: Adding Value to the Design Team

PES BIM Principles Part 1: Adding Value to the Design Team

Making a commitment to become industry leaders in BIM is not a light responsibility. Everyday is a new opportunity to learn and grow. After all, BIM changes and grows every minute. We have established four principles to guide our efforts. You can review them by reading out our introductory post here.

In summary, they are:

  1. Add value to the design team
  2. Model as it will be constructed
  3. Model to accommodate change swiftly
  4. Leverage data for better decision-making

We’d like to break these down and thoroughly review each of these principles in the coming posts. Each was chosen for a very specific reason and they all form the foundation for our BIM journey.

The first rule is to add value to the design team.

This is the first rule because we feel it weighs the heaviest on our work. If we aren’t adding value, there is no reason to continue down this road. BIM is so much more than a single model in Revit; it is a process built on disciplines coming together to realize a building in the most efficient way possible. As an integral part of the design team, we want to make sure that we add significant value to this process.

We’ve worked to become experts in BIM technology such as Revit and many of the collaboration tools geared to compliment the process. From BIM 360 to Bluebeam Studio, we’re working to understand the full potential of these collaboration tools. Our team wants to understand them and see them in practice. Our BIM Program Manager, Matt Sweeney is regularly exploring and testing many of these applications when they hit the market. Learn about his first experience with Dynamo here. As part of the learning process, he introduces them to our Revit power users group who further review and develop use cases. While testing the waters is full of trial and error, it is these trials that allow us to grow and learn.

Communication becomes significantly harder the more people and disciplines involved in a project. This is arguably the tallest hurdle to the advancement of BIM. So more than simply becoming experts in the available tools, we seek to be better communicators. In another post, our Senior Associate, David Aucoin wrote about how we must take collaboration beyond technology. It is absolutely worth a read to see how we directed a training exercise in an architect’s office and realized immense perspective. These exercises help us become better team members and in the end, projects go smoother and more quickly, with less animosity amongst the project team.

We don’t want to just be BIM leaders in the structural world, we want to be BIM leaders in the AEC world. We work hard every day with these principles in mind. Adding value to the design team is a start but we’ll discuss our next principle, model as it will be constructed, next time.

Do you have any overarching principles or guides that you follow for your work? Let us know! Questions about our team or process? Ask us! Want to chat about our BIM journey so far? Shoot us a message! Matt can be reached at; David can be reached at