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The BIM hero's journey

"Far far away i saw something shimmering".

I want to tell you a story. A story of a hero. Our hero is a built asset owner and he is about to embark upon a BIM journey. The story is about the trials and tribulations our BIM hero have to go through. But it is also the story of his enlightenment and the positive impact he has on society upon his return from the journey.

The stagnation of everyday life

In the beginning of our story our owner is doing an OK job managing his facilities. He is keeping his users satisfied, his workers are seemingly effective and the buildings and equipment are in an OK shape. However something does not feel right. Every day our hero-to-be see a lot of waste. Wasted time, broken equipment, sub-optimal energy use and service requests piling up. It is an accepted fact that historic records cannot be found and everything is done in a reactive mode.

The call to adventure

Then one day our hero gets summoned by the prospect of an adventure. He is urged to go on a BIM adventure. He learns that it could be the solution to his problems.
At first our hero tries to avoid the calling. He is fearful of change and resistant to risk his stable situation and fear that this adventure is not for him. Let someone else save the world is his defensive speech

Supernatural aid

Our hero gets help by a mentor and some superpowers. The mentor is a building information specialist that have travelled the new world and brought back wisdom. The mentor offers the superpowers of openBIM tools that lets the owner access and utilise building data in an easy and affordable way.

Crossing the first threshold

Armed with his new superpowers and with the support of his mentor our hero embarks on his journey. BIM is required, models are checked, data is validated and the quest begins.

The road of trials

From the beginning our hero have to wrestle with a set of challenges. Data are lacking, tools are buggy and standards do not cover all his needs. However with the help of friends and allies that are picked up along the way and by sheer determination and fortitude our hero trudges on.

The belly of the whale

At one point of the journey our hero have to make the choice to cut the cord to the old world and undergo a metamorphosis. Models replace drawings as legal documents and field communications. The owner also requires links from all documentation to the model master data. Our hero now finds himself at the point of no return and the only way is forward.

More challenges and temptations

Again the hero is challenged. And again and again. The journey also brings on temptations where our hero is lured away from his calling by other shining objects. Our hero is also struck by the realisation that this new world is not perfect and some of the myths were lies.
However, our hero stays true to his calling and is able to separate the real helpers from the charlatans, the helping superpowers from the poison.

The ultimate boon

The zenith of our story is the battle of the handover where our hero again have to fight inertia, the-way-we-do-it-here and not-invented-here thinking. After a tenacious fight our hero slays the beast and ends up with a model fit for operations and maintenance use.

The magic flight home

Even though it is tempting to rest in the bliss of victory our hero understands that to complete his mission he has to return to his home and share what he has learned with the operations and maintenance team.
Once again during the return our hero is attacked by new forces and have to fight new battles. Again the tools are immature, the data are lacking and it is tempting to stray the course.

The master of two worlds

On returning home our hero has changed and could never go back. He is now the master of two worlds (BIM and FM) and uses his newfound power to spread enlightenment and joy in his organisation and in the world at large.

Living for now

Our hero now live without regrets of the past and without fear of the future. He can enjoy the present and reap the rewards of his struggles. Work is fun, motivating and meaningful. His team get exposure and credibility and the whole FM department are seen as visionary heroes. New technologies, new tools and new projects can be plugged into the system with little effort due to the foundational work carried out by our hero…

That's the end of the story. We hope it brings inspiration to you on your journey. And what can we learn from this and other hero's journeys? Here are our advice :

What we can learn from the story

Does the structure of our hero's journey sound familiar? Along the way you may may have seen some parallels to other heroes, real and mythological as the hero's journey is an universal phenomenon. Head over to this link to learn more. Also feel free to share your story or ask questions in the comments section below.

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