Why Use Agile Methods in AEC & BIM Projects

Why Use Agile Methods in AEC & BIM Projects

BIM (building information modeling) is expanding quickly as more and more architects, civil engineers and other Architecture professionals are drafting their projects with BIM drawing software.

But BIM is not just 3d modeling, parametric geometry, metadata attached to the geometry, standard export to IFC.

It is also and more importantly collaboration. With BIM more and more people need to work more closely than ever in the design process.

Whether you work on the same model or if you exchange models, you need to share information, assign tasks, exchange ideas, follow-up decisions.

So project management and successful BIM collaboration are key to the success of you Bim strategy.

Here come in scene agile methods that have replaced the traditional waterfall project management in many industries.

Let’s learn why! And understand why agile BIM could be a very good match for AEC industry.

Why use agile approach in BIM projects

What is the point of using agile methods in architecture projects and especially those using BIM?

Architecture projects are designed and built by a great number of people with different culture and viewpoints on the project. As in software where developers do not talk the same language as the products owners. Agile methods force people to express the needs in terms of added value for the final user.

Architecture projects have real users like software. their opinion and needs to be evaluated and fulfilled and not only in terms of programming at the very beginning or when all tasks are finished.

But often architecture design is too linear in the way decisions are taken. Project scheme get more and more precise from a seducing glossy paper image to a built project.

But rarely it is possible to evaluate quickly different project alternatives and present multiple options to the product owner or future users. Of course, there is a reason for that. Evaluating too many options used to be very costly. But tools improve quickly.

Parametric architecture apps allow testing different geometries at the fraction of the cost that was once needed.

Artificial intelligence algorithms allow to automatically test possibilities.

Fab lab, 3d printers, digital fabrication new Technics allow testing scale 1:1 models quite easily.

And finally, collaborative design Technics that imply real in situ installations, workshops with the real interaction of public space users…. start to disrupt the way architectural professionals design project especially urban projects.

In this context of rapid technological changes, agile methods for BIM and architecture shine as a way to manage this complexity in a less monolithic and linear framework.

Want to try agile method with one of your architecture projects?