Northwestern Memorial Hospital(NMH) in Illinois issued an enterprise mandate three years ago to use building information modeling (BIM) for all projects. As reported in Healthcare Design magazine, a number of lessons have been learned as NMH has developed its BIM initiatives and processes. These tips can be helpful to consider when implementing BIM at an organizational level. They include they need to:
- Detail anticipated BIM processes, expectations, and close-out deliverables in all front-end documents (request for proposals, request for bids) and contracts
- Carefully analyze legacy vendors for project management, document management, and facility management for both capability and interest/willingness to open their systems to collaboration
- Verify internal resources, management commitment, and internal communication
- Showcase value internally and bring other departments into the mix to build a critical mass for BIM: biomed, IT, property operations, materials management, and others.