We see the project and not just the technology
Consultancy is not just about knowledge and the ability to pass it on. It is also very much a question of trusting the people and the approach the company has to the area.
In the construction industry there has always been a great need for consultancy. The consultants are mostly architects and engineers, but with the addition of the developer’s and client’s own consultants and ICT consultants. – These are consultants to the consultants!
With the requirements and desire for greater efficiency with the help of strengthened ICT, VDC, BIM and CAD, but with deliveries in 2D, 3D, 4D and 5D that deal with drawings, models, calculations and planning, there is certainly enough to deal with.
Many of the major players are working to standardise digitisation and digital collaboration, including BIPS, CUNECO and Building SMART, who create common formats such as IFC and CCS, which in turn create structures for the exchange of data.
This means that BIM becomes less a form of software for preparing drawings and 3D models, and more of a data-structure for knowledge-sharing across disciplines and software. This is what we call OpenBIM. It is also what really adds value in the construction process.
If you are not familiar of the technology behind BIM and other ICT tools, you can easily be “left holding the baby” once the project first begins and there are disagreements about the agreed deliverables. Because this has happened so often, most people involved in construction projects have recognised that there is a need for expert consultancy, clear contractual terms of reference and possibly an impartial third party to coordinate and ensure quality control during the whole project process. It sounds expensive, but the cost negligible compared to the price of the errors and poor planning which currently plague construction projects.