Building Information Modelling (BIM) need not frighten you! It’s about information management. It’s something you’re most likely doing anyway, to avoid mistakes and errors.
Yale-architect Phil Bernstein has made a very instructive talk on TEDx Talks, where he takes you through his museum of funny mistakes and errors from the building industry.
He points out that the industry wastes 35 % on mistakes and errors. In the USA, this amounts to 140 billion dollars each and every year!
He concludes that the industry needs to store information digitally to hand it over through the lifecycle of a construction.
In short: Use BIM.
What is BIM?
The concept of BIM dates back to the 1970’s.
It calls for collaboration and sharing of information along the whole lifecycle of a building and involves digitalisation.
It creates files which can be shared to support decision-making regarding a building or another construction. Currently BIM is being promoted strongly by government organisations in the USA, EU, Australasia and SW Asia.
Emerging economies such as Vietnam and India taking BIM and digitisation very seriously.
Increasing use of 3D modelling and BIM helps improve coordination between designers and builders.
It allows for the introduction of new IT technology like sensors, drones and automatic plans in an integrated manner.
This is just part of it, as there is more to it than 3 or even 4D design.
BIM is just information management
Philip Wright, Contracts Consultant, Optimise International, has more than two-decades of experience with the construction industry. He has observed a common, but counterproductive, way of handling BIM among a lot of contractors in the construction industry:
“In this world of BIM, they are actually missing the big goal, which is the information or data that they acquire, where all the value is potentially based and often overlooked, in the quest for turnover.
You can tick the boxes when doing what the government wants now, and what the industry says you should do, but ticking the boxes does not make it, especially looking at where your business needs to be in say 5 years’ time.
Why not harvest the data and capture it?
Make it useful for the future, which is likely, (based on trends in other data rich environments) to be used in predictive analysis. For example, for use in tendering or planning.
Why not store it digitally? Why not use the data that you have, to deliver anyway as part of the contract deliverables of a project?
Don’t be afraid of BIM. It’s just information management and it’s something that you should do anyway like most other industries have already embraced.”
Handle BIM with a project reporting system – and increase your productivity by 50 percent
How are you going to share information along the whole life-cycle of a construction project?
Simple, the project owner or his adviser should dictate the use of a suitable document reporting system to everybody involved.
McKinsey estimates that on-site productivity can be increased by as much as 50 percent. By implementing a cloud-based control tower that rapidly assembles accurate data in near real time that is both backward-looking and predictive.
- Reinventing construction through a productivity revolution. Barbosa, F. et al. Report McKinsey Global Institute, February 2017
- What is NBS National BIM Library? NBS National BIM Library
- BIM dimensions – 3D, 4D, 5D, 6D BIM explained. McPartland, R., July 2017
- What is BIM? (video) Bimplicity.
- The Future of Making Buildings (video). Bernstein, P. TEDx Talk, October2015
- Harnessing the cloud to win work, Collard, P., BIM+, November 2017
- See how you can use Kapio to store live data from your project. Kapio.cloud
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