Are you caught up in the Silo Effect?

Silo Effect

Are you caught up in the Silo Effect?

Silos are organisational units where there is a breakdown in communication, co-operation and co-ordination with external parties or project teams.

Without doubt, the Building and Construction industry has been operating in silos for years, it is high time we performed differently if we need to meet societal goals and expectations. The UK Government has already set a milestone in its strategy to mandate BIM on every central government project by April 2016.

But wait a moment! Its 2016 already. Where do we go from here?

This question is obviously for late comers.

I am surprised that there are still misconceptions about BIM being for big companies only which many SMEs use as an excuse to continue working in silos. Perhaps thinking that being a mouse that gets the cheese is better than the early bird that gets the worm!

BIM is not scary; it’s only asking us to think differently and more importantly to collaborate.

Compared to working in silos, collaboration through BIM has proven its potential benefits in many areas of our industry including; health and safety on site, rapid off-site fabrication for a large percentage of building components, speed in decision making, reduction of on-site and process wastes and rapid iteration of simulations of building performance and construction sequencing.

If your organisation is caught up in the silo effect, and you are thinking how to get yourself out, the good news is that help has always been around and I believe will always be.

CGD Ltd has invested and been involved in many projects using laser scanning technology and BIM, and we are working closely with our clients to educate them over the conversion of scan data into a meaningful and reliable 3D model which can be used as the basis for your BIM project.

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