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    From a BIM perspective, what questions should an interviewee ask of the office?

    I'm compiling a list of my questions, but thought it would be an interesting one from the group.
    Ryan Taube
    BIM Manager - Clayco Construction | Lamar Johnson Collaborative

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    What software do you use to do BIM? Some firms equate using Revit as equivalent to doing BIM. See if they talk more about the processes and workflows, moreso than the softwares themselves. Furthermore, how are softwares integrated in the BIM process? Is the design process separate from the deliverable? Parallel or integrated?

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      #3
      is there a designated BIM manager/director for the entire office or each team?
      when were the workstations last upgraded? are workstations upgraded to better than minimum requirements of the BIM software? (these questions probably wont have an answer from the principals, although they show you know more than the average person, don't ask if you don't have much knowledge of the software requirements)
      [I agree that questions related to workflow and if design is integrated into the BIM software or process or if it is separate]
      ask if there is a BIM committee that talks about issues from various projects, or to develop a company template.

      those are a few of my thoughts. I wish you success.

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        #4
        As just a "on the floor" Architectural employee, I always ask if they have a BIM Manager or if they work hand-in-hand with their Autodesk reseller for training or other needs in regards to Revit. If possible, I would want that person involved in my interview. I ask if a Revit template has been developed and if their are a group of power users that work together on Revit related issues. Then I ask how these Revit items are implemented to the users.
        Travis Vaughan, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
        LinkedIn Profile | Twitter: @TravisUsesRevit

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          #5
          Single most important question to me, but more as a prospective BIM Manager, is "How committed is Management to BIM? Including willingness to change process and deliverables?" Lack of leadership at the top is the root cause of most problems. And also the root support of most success.

          Gordon
          Pragmatic Praxis

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            #6
            At what stage in the project do you start using BIM? or, Do you use a BIM in concept design? Why or why not?
            Do you use information from the BIM to make design decisions?

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              #7
              Sorry if some of these overlap with previous responses.

              1. What percentage of your projects are executed with BIM? If less than 100% how do you determine whether a project will be BIM or CAD?
              2. What percentage of the staff is BIM-literate?
              3. For BIM projects, how many consultants also execute with BIM?
              4. How has BIM changed the way your firm a) writes proposals, b) staffs projects, c) hires staff?
              5. How are specifications tied to or linked with the BIM, if at all?
              6. What BIM-related issues does the office currently struggle with?
              7. How important is BIM to the firm's marketing and business development?
              8. What does BIM mean to you?
              9. Are "Level of Development" or "BIM Execution Plan" part of the firm's lexicon?
              10. What motivated your adoption of BIM? How has the adoption thus far been successful or unsuccessful?
              11. Who handles BIM-related technical support? Is there someone in the office who is assigned non-billable time for this kind of thing?

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                #8
                Originally posted by hclbaumbach View Post
                Sorry if some of these overlap with previous responses.
                That's a pretty good list! Opens up lots of places for dialog.
                Greg McDowell Jr
                about.me/GMcDowellJr

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