Building Information Modeling (BIM)
Building Information Modeling is quickly becoming a game changer in the construction industry, including infrastructure and landscape projects.
BIM requires a more collaborative approach to design, requiring data to be shared in a consistent, structured and reliable and allow member of the project team to test the design and make decisions before a spade is put in the ground. Ultimately, this will require a move from analog to digital systems.
The National BIM Standard-United States® (NBIMS-US™) offers advice on the benefits of BIM, including the standards and information exchanges that assist with the deliver best business practices for the entire built environment. Using BIM standards, detailed and accurate models can be used during the commissioning and operations phase to ensure the facility meets the client requirements throughout its lifetime. BIM seeks to deliver high performance, carbon neutral, and net zero energy based facilities.
As a leader in the delivery of BIM enabled tools, Keysoft Solutions has worked with key industry stakeholders in the public and private sectors to identify some essential tips to help organisations on their BIM journey.
Any business working in the highways, construction and landscape sectors need to ensure their technology and processes are BIM compliant. But what is the best way to go about this?
- Start at the end. Work out why as a business you need to do BIM and what you want to achieve. Start by talking to clients and finding out what projects BIM will be required on, to what level and in what format information will be shared. Like any other business decision, we recommend you develop your own BIM implementation plan. This is your company’s blueprint for introducing BIM over a period of time. It should align to your three to five year business plan. With each project, try to look for new BIM wins, i.e. a new process, system, procedure, software purchase, training, etc, that can be introduced to move you along your BIM timeline.
- Remember BIM is a process, not a software solution. Although BIM requires a minimum of 2D CAD, with, where appropriate, managed 3D data that can be held in separate BIM applications with the data attached, people often think that this means that the solution lies in buying new software and hardware.
- Planning is key. You need to identify project leads, teams and stakeholders at the outset. Working to a defined brief, the BIM Execution Plan (BEP) will be the central tool for integrating the project partners, objects, data and plans. There are number of free resources available to help you understand want is required. The NBS BIM http://www.thenbs.com/bimtoolkit/ provides step-by-step help to define, manage and validate responsibility for information development and delivery at each stage of an asset’s lifecycle. In addition, there are BEP templates online that can guide you through the process and identify all of the areas that need to be covered (e.g. https://aecuk.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/aecukbimprotocol-bimexecutionplan-v2-0.pdf). Once you have a project BIM execution plan in place, work back and see if you can deliver the requirements through your existing software and processes or whether change or investment is required.
- Take a long-term view. BIM is about sharing information at project modeling stage and ironing out the glitches. Ultimately, its aim is to deliver efficiencies and therefore scrutiny of processes, upskilling staff and sharing information can support cost savings in both the public and private sectors, as well as driving up competitiveness and business growth in the private sector.
- Embrace change. Making a case for BIM is getting easier as more and more organisations assess the impact that BIM has had. Testimonials from organisations that have embraced BIM reflect the positive long-term benefits and lessons learned. Use these to support the case for BIM to be taken seriously within your organisation, participate in networking and events to learn from others and don’t be afraid to ask questions and seek out those who are practiced in BIM.
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