For studios with multiple teams considering a move to BIM, we recommend considering undertaking a Pilot Project. This will allow you to assess the changes to your studios workflow, internal processes, collaboration and technology.
ARCHICAD Pilot Projects can be tailored to a design team dedicated to undertaking a project in ARCHICAD, in order to develop their skills and assess the outcomes. We have developed a number of training and coaching courses designed specifically for operatives and managers to aid the process.
These projects include a mixture of hands-on learning, assessment, analysis and use of software through the pilot project period to help you get started as quickly as possible and gauge your progression.
This is a low cost way to assess ARCHICAD with managed implementation assistance and training.
What does it involve?
Typical ARCHICAD Pilot Projects are designed for a design team of up to five team members for a defined period of time (usually 12 weeks).
It consists of the following, for members of the pilot project team throughout the time period:
- Use of ARCHICAD Teamwork full commercial licences.
- Use of BIM Server.
- Use of Energy Evaluation software.
- BIMx for iOS & Android devices.
- Three day Fundamentals training course (in our Birmingham training centre or in your studio).
- Bespoke Pilot Project template file.
- Applecore’s 2D Detailing Library.
- Support and implementation.
Planning and Goals
From our experience, the following attributes are required to be most effective:
Management – a senior member of the team or a project leader to act as the “information manager”, ensuring design co-ordination, documentation production, flexible team working, project sharing, etc.
Organisation – the team charged with starting the pilot project need to be enthusiastic about BIM and several team members need to undertake a project management course to develop their Document and Project Management skills. These skills will be a critical resource to other team members after their own training and in their initial use of the software.
Workflow – the project template file (.tpl) can be customised for your own projects, to include your own structures, attributes, title blocks and drawing IDs. We are able to provide direct support and consultation to assist with this.
Technology – the technology drives the workflow and the team members drive the technology. The team members need to be trained in the software and need to adopt a new workflow.
As a focus for the team we recommend developing a short statement that sets out the goals for the pilot project.
What happens next?
Once a pilot project has been completed, there will be a number of licencing options available to you. So you know what to expect, you will receive a full licence proposal when planning the pilot project.
If you require any further information on our ARCHICAD Pilot Projects or would like to discuss your own requirements, please contact us on +44 (0) 121 447 7788 or by using the contact form opposite.