Is BIM a Project Manager's best friend? Maybe, maybe not. I think it depends on the project and depends on the manager.
BIM is becoming the "industry standard" for model-based management of interoperable data to enable improved project execution and facility performance. But what is BIM?; what is an "industry standard"?; what is "interoperability"?; and what are all these "D's" everyone is referring to - 4D, 5D, 6D, 7D, etc.?
I'm not going to use any space addressing these questions because, as every reader knows, there are volumes written on these topics, and smart people in many companies and universities are making it all work better every day on real projects with great results.
What I will say, is that I know many Project Managers who cannot answer these questions and really don't care much about them. They have a project to build, a schedule to meet, a budget to manage, and a client to satisfy. They lose sleep when these objectives are not met, or even when they are met today but are not certain about whether they will be met tomorrow.
What is most certainly a project manager's friend, something near and dear to his/her heart, something that helps sleep come easier, is an accurate schedule, a plan that is on track, a safe construction site, and a team of stakeholders - architect, engineer, scheduler, buyer, builder, owner, (and BIM manager) - who are all on "the same page" for every key decision.
Communication must be clear, and cooperation must come easily. This enhances the workflow, allows for continuously effective planning, and reduces latency in decision making. In my experience, communication is best enabled across all stakeholders through the use of visualization, the RIGHT KIND of visualization, visualization that shows the information needed in a physically realistic, complete, flexible, and concise manner. When all stakeholders are nodding their heads, when they are actively engaged, and when they are not checking their email, THAT is good visualization. No confusion, no uncertainty. You might say that everyone is "synchronized".
How can Synchro PRO become a Project Manager's best friend?
Synchro PRO enables really effective clear and detailed visualization of the project plan, the project schedule, and the project safety issues. It gets those heads nodding, it makes thinking easier, and brings all the stakeholders together.
And it helps that Project Manager get some sleep.