Lessons From The 2018 World Cup

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What the World Cup can teach you about BIM

Europe is leaving the rest of the world behind this year when it comes to football and when it comes to BIM. However, there are a few things every BIM modeller can learn from the World Cup 2018.

1. Designate a captain

Soccer teams have a captain, BIM project teams have a coordinator. Just like a captain, the BIM coordinator or manager gives guidance and leads the team to success. Make sure that there’s someone on your team who keeps an overview and ensures that the communication within the project runs smoothly.

2. Adapt to the phase

Different phases of the game require different ways of playing and working together. Your team needs to adapt, and different team members need to take the lead in different situations. A BIM project also has different phases, in which different information and ways of working are required. Check out this blog to see how you can optimally work together during different phases of a BIM project.

3. Use the right technology

At the World Cup, the video ref and goal-line technology have proven their worth. These technologies provided data that allowed referees to make better decisions. It was even suggested that the quality of the game had improved, with more ‘beautiful’ soccer. With BIM, too, technology helps to gather accurate data needed to make better decisions and improves the quality of the work - resulting in 'more beautiful' beautiful buildings.

4. Collaborate

Unexpectedly, we saw some of the brightest stars in soccer fall quickly during this year’s World Cup, including Argentina, Germany, and Portugal. It became painfully clear that having all the star players on your team is no guarantee of success. If you can’t work as a team, you might as well go home. Also in BIM projects, it’s not sufficient to be a star in Revit. Only by truly collaborating with other parties, can a project be successfully completed. But how do you collaborate successfully? By making agreements in advance, making a plan and deciding who is going to do what. A BIM execution plan can be a good starting point.


5. Follow the rules

During the World Cup it became clear how difficult it can be to comply with the rules, which resulted in some thrilling penalty kicks. When using BIM content, too, there are various requirements that can be difficult to meet. Don't want to be penalized in your BIM project? Then make sure you work with content that complies with BIM standards such as the EMCS.

6. The need for speed

Opportunities are created by being faster than your opponent and being able to quickly change direction in a counter: a football team must be flexible and fast. Speed and flexibility are equally important in BIM projects. Therefore, you need to make sure you are using tools that allow you to work productively in any project.

7. do not give up!

If there is one thing we have learned from the Belgians at this World Cup, it is about not giving up. Even after standing 0-2 behind against Japan, the team won in the very last minute by making the 3-2. If a BIM project is challenging, don't give up, learn from your mistakes and give it your best shot until the very end!


There are even more lessons from football that can be applied to BIM. Find out which ones and check out the full article on Constructible.