As a building information modeling (BIM) specialist, you hold the key to helping other teams on a construction project make more informed design and construction decisions. When you are successful at your job, you enable your company to offer additional services and value.

There are skills you can focus on that will put you in a better position to succeed and thrive in your BIM career. Following are 4 ways to build a successful BIM career.

If you don’t want to go it alone, contact Applied Software, Graitec Group for a partner to assist you with training and services. The experts of Applied Software will help you become the BIM champion at your company.

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BIM process; image: Autodesk University

1. Be a Lifelong Learner 

Technology is always changing. You should be open to learning new software tools and software updates on a consistent basis. Learning can be a continuous process, and it doesn’t have to shut down your workday. When you’re looking for an answer to a question or quick skills building lessons, you can find informal training in the form of online training courses, videos and other resources. You can utilize them on-demand to fit your schedule.

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BIM coordination

Formal training is definitely a bonus. You can find established courses that accommodate an average company’s needs. In addition, a company’s staff can benefit greatly from customized training. Whatever route you take, learning new software keeps you competitive in your job and also enables your company to stay ahead of the curve.

Of course, hands-on use of the software is the best way to get better at what you do. Be open to learning tips and tricks from co-workers. As you work on projects, you will be able to sharpen your skills. You’ll also realize what you enjoy and what you’re especially good at. These specializations will affect your future career moves.

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2. Push Boundaries

People who do well at BIM tend to be forward thinkers. The BIM process itself is so disruptive it needs a champion willing to push the boundaries in the way things have always been done. If you’re curious about modeling better and faster, the tools you discover – for instance PowerPack for Revit – can help your BIM career flourish.

Collaboration with other project teams is another way to discover innovative and time-saving practices.

3. Value Project Data

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To be successful, you need to understand the role of technology in the company’s overall strategy, and data is part of that. The BIM department feeds into the company’s data strategy by enabling wise, informed decisions.

Using the right tools, you can demonstrate the value your work brings to the company. The BIM process and its associated software tools enable you to visualize conflicts and issues in the project model and correct them before they cost the company money in rework in the field.

4. Share Your Expertise

BIM modelers are typically a generous bunch. A good way to build your skills is to share your knowledge with others. It’s been said that a rising tide lifts all boats. When you empower others, you increase your own value.


The future holds great promise for people who are skilled BIM modelers. If you would like to advance in your career in BIM, these four suggestions can help you on your way.

When your reputation depends on delivering the best projects for your customers, check out the Applied Software, Graitec Group guide, “Ways to Deliver Better Projects.”

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