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John Rodriguez is an evangelist. As BIM Manager, he has shifted the California-based Fuscoe Engineering into full BIM mode.

Rodriguez envisions AEC’s future as BIM-driven; the only barrier is knowledge and training. BIM adoption at Fuscoe started with an apprentice model and then grew into a more top-down, formal training of technical staff—further ingraining BIM into the firm’s work culture.

For Rodriguez and the folks at Fuscoe, the proof is in the pudding: When a project principal requested a clash-detection report on underground utilities, Rodriguez generated it in less than five minutes using BIM. Adding in the demonstrated savings in project time and costs has made BIM believers out of the entire office.

Adding in the demonstrated savings in project time and costs has made BIM-lievers out of the entire office.

Architects and civil engineers have no choice but to get along, Rodriguez said. “There are still fundamental trade differences, but today there is far more integration, collaboration, and sharing, and more detailed conversations are happening much earlier in design phases,” he says. “Architects and civil engineers are definitely willing to establish common standards and share data.”

BIM is helping make that connection. Adding experts to your staff who can also evangelize to BOTH sides about BIM only helps in the process.

“It takes a village,” Rodriguez said. “There are some days that my team and I feel like we are making strides, and then a new technology is dropped at our doorstep, and we’re trying to figure out new challenges. But we push hard to work collaboratively with our clients and their consultants, as well as vendors and developers, so that we can reach the full potential of communal BIM.”