As a company who offer BIM Coordinator help, we have noticed that since the British Government implemented the BIM Level 2 mandate back in April 2016, Building Information Modelling (BIM) has been the buzz word in the UK construction industry. This focus on BIM has impacted on everyone involved in construction as it has altered the way that architects, designers and construction workers work together and utilise all of the data created positively, by not only enabling cost savings but also increasing performance. BIM 3D modelling software has moved on from the traditional CAD software, enabling the development of tools and processes and influencing training and industry standards in order to improve quality information throughout all of the operations.
BIM Level 2 has now been in force for over a year, but there are still some issues with standardised procedures and methods. Delivering efficient BIM data always has been reliant on the performance and regulation of current BIM tools which are only as good as the person producing the data and inputting it – which can lead to inconsistencies. What BIM Level 2 is aimed at, is enforcing the implementation of new methods of working to ensure that all tasks are delivered correctly. These new approaches include embedding new roles & responsibilities within companies, ensuring there is an element of ownership and also sufficient information management. This ensures that the whole data management process is followed efficiently as well as how the modelling is completed.
This focus on standardised processes and efficient information flows is being driven by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers CIBSE), the Construction Products Association (CPA) and the Building Research Establishment (BRE). The process that they are going through started off being aimed at creating a basic data template tool, but as they have gone along they have realised that the issues connected with BIM standards are more complex than first thought.
The tool they are working on is now being expanded to enable and support the management of new and improved data standards, which will also feed into the Construction Operations Building Information Exchange (COBie) in the area of life cycle management. Traditional CAD designers are not used to structuring data to be delivered throughout the whole of the design process, to teams including construction contractors, operations contractors and maintenance contractors. This is not a criticism, more of observation, as they are used to just having to produce a standard deliverable on electronic paper which highlights a primary window of delivery. There are British Standards that are embedded within existing building and construction practices which is great, but these tend to lack specific detail about roles and responsibilities for individuals, which is something that the new template that is being worked on will aim to establish. What this means is that individuals will be able to input data into the new BIM tools which will then be exported into the COBie tools, which will lead to higher quality information throughout the construction industry in the future.
These developments are really exciting to us as they give a hint of the fact that the way we work is going to completely change – as the things that are learnt from this project can be used to develop tools for asset management, carbon, facilities management, life cycle, and production and waste. All of this flow of higher quality information will be a fantastic support for the decision-making process within construction operations, improving collaboration throughout the whole design and build process.
We are also delighted to announce that we were recently accredited with BSI status for Level 2 BIM. For this we have had to meet the PAS1192 Level 2 criteria as set out by the British Standards Institute.
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