Autodesk University
Roundtable    AS322392-R
Principles—BIM Success
Autodesk University
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Two books will guide this roundtable discussion: Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio and The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande. The goal is to apply ideas that these books present and discuss how we use them in BIM (Building Information Modeling) for the efficient and effective execution of deliverables. The primary software focus will be Revit best practices. Principles is a master class in rational thinking. The main theme is that finding truth is the best way to make decisions, and that ego, emotion, and blind spots prevent you from discovering the truth. The Checklist Manifesto is a critical look at how we can use checklists to dramatically reduce errors and increase discipline in an organization. Gawande, also a surgeon, chronicles his ultimately successful attempt at introducing checklists to radically improve surgical outcomes globally through the World Health Organization and its application in other industries like construction, finance, and aviation.

Key Learnings

  • Learn how to start thinking of ways to begin systematizing the decision-making process of BIM
  • Begin understanding that all BIM problems are manifestations of their root causes—find the root cause
  • Learn how to prioritize the development of a plan to achieve BIM goals
  • Learn how to use principles and checklists as a strategy to foster teamwork and communication through the BIM process



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