May 2018 Newsletter

**** The 4specs Perspective

A "Single Source of Truth" Increases Productivity

with BIM Objects (and Specifications)

by Doug Bevill

Prior to my role as President of BIMobject®, Inc. (now past-President) I spent 12 years in the seat where many of my readers are: I was an executive for major building product manufacturers (BPMs).

I know the challenges you face.

Building product manufacturing (BPM) marketing and sales executives spend their days executing a myriad of strategic and tactical duties, aimed at propagating the corporate brand to designers, architects, engineers, contractors and their customers, subcontractors and suppliers, (the buyers).

Typical Method

One of the critical workflows is efficiently communicating both new products and product changes to the market, which for many BPMs requires shifting between analog and digital silos, especially for marketing communications and product management. This workflow becomes even more complex and resource intensive when it comes to managing building information models, or (BIM) content.

How is it Typically Done Now?

Assuming that the BPM has digital/BIM content, as engineering makes changes to existing products, or SKUs, it falls upon Product Management and Marketing to communicate these by changing various analog and digital media.

Typical Method

Currently, these changes typically come to Product Management for approval and to coordinate communications to sales, customer service, as well as to designers, specifiers, and buyers. This workflow is normally well established and functional from marketing communications to the aforementioned target audience, via updating PDFs, catalogs and the company website.

The breakdown in the workflow comes in the updating of BIM content. In most cases, BPMs have outsourced the creation of CAD, Revit, and other BIM formats to either standalone content creators, or turnkey content aggregators/BIM publishers. This is where the productivity bottleneck happens. BPMs are at the beckon call of the creator/publisher to update the models, do quality assurance, then republish on various third-party platforms and their website. This first causes delayed, or incomplete communications to the target audience and more importantly, impedes productivity.

Recommended Solution

Typical Method

The fact is, most BPMs will need the help of a third-party content creator for initial models but should not depend on them for updates. When creating, or tweaking your BIM strategy here are a few nuggets that will allow your plan to be pliable and most productive:

In summary, the aim of your BIM strategy should be seamlessly aligned with your marketing collateral workflow. Updates to catalogs, your website, and BIM models should be simultaneous, or there will be a loss of productively and a delay in marketing communications. Without a seamless workflow from analog to (digital) BIM, there will be valuable time and money lost.

Please feel free to call me to schedule a longer free telephone, or video consultation if you require guidance in creating, or improving your BIM strategy and/or selecting the proper content creator and publishers for your business.

You can contact Doug Bevill at 314-296-0617 (St. Louis)

Reference: "Single Source of Truth": A data storage principle to always source a particular piece of information from one place.

Feedback, comments and suggestions always appreciated.



Colin Gilboy
Publisher - 4specs
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