We live in an age of great automation. Every business process is digitalised, and every decision is driven by data.

The World Economic Forum has pronounced this a “Fourth Industrial Revolution,” where connected machines, feeding from data, will exponentially transform processes in every industry.

“In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before.” –Klaus Schwab

Many advanced industries have championed the concept of “Failing Fast.” That is, experimenting and trying new things – even if the first time around means failure – leading to another iteration and eventual success. In the high-stakes world of building and construction, this concept only works in the digital realm.

Planning a build before any machinery hits the ground is the only way to “Fail Fast.” It’s not possible to experiment with bricks and mortar, and still survive in an environment typified by time and financial pressure, rapid deadlines, large and distributed working teams, and huge fiscal borrowing. Specifically within the realm of MEP, the build requires such great level of detail that not planning adequately would be foolhardy. BIM has become the accepted model of the construction industry. But now that we understand BIM, it’s crucial to gain knowledge of how BIM can transform your own business processes.