EVERYDAY BIM

6 Oct

(By Anthony Mc Phee)

How might this approach be used every day for real projects in the real world?

Some general suggestions:

OWNERS:

Restrict BIM demands to things you need directly (e.g. asset management), and to ensure general BIM proficiency (e.g within discipline expectations like drawing and schedules generated from BIM).

Don’t make BIM data a deliverable if you don’t need it yourself, instead include engagement contract clauses that allow for the exchange of data between project participants.

DESIGN PROFESSIONALS:

Use BIM capable software in the way it is designed to be used.

Document how you structure your data and make both the description and data available to others.

CONTRACTORS:

Take advantage of the BIM data available on a project.

Foster BIM processes, along with cooperation and collaboration across project participants.

TRADES:

Embody BIM processes in supply chain and work management. Tailor those processes to take advantage of available BIM data.

Allow others to use the data you produce.

FACILITY MANAGEMENT:

Develop FM solutions that take advantage of available BIM data.

Become involved before facility handover so you can make your requirements known to others.

Notice I haven’t mentioned Standards. That is not because Standards are never useful or don’t have a place. It is because Standards should only be used if they are beneficial; if they assist in achieving the underlying aims. The decision to use Standards has to come from project participants, the ones who create and use BIM data, the only ones who can assess their usefulness.

I hope you find these general suggestions helpful, even if they are perhaps too brief to be truly practical.

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