Growth Through BIM
"Better! Faster! Cheaper!’ is the mantra of all who seek improved performance in a product or service. For decades this search in construction has been fruitless: cheaper or faster usually meant of lesser value; cost rose inexorably. Productivity growth has been flat whilst in other sectors it has risen hugely. Now we have the arrival of a way of working which promises to design and build assets more cheaply and faster but also to make them better performing, no wonder it has been mandated as government policy." Read the report Growth Through BIM
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BIM Tool Kit
The free-to-use NBS BIM Toolkit will benefit both public and private sector construction projects. It provides step-by-step help to define, manage and validate responsibility for information development and delivery at each stage of the asset lifecycle. Read more
UK BIM Taskgroup guidance documents
All the key BIM guidance documents are freely available at the Government BIM website, as follows. There is much more available, just take a look around the website! Here are some key documents:
Note that some of these links take you into the Task Group Lab area where you can view work in progress. It is a free registration to access this, just username and choose your password. You will need to be logged in to use some these links.
The PAS specifies requirements for achieving Level 2, setting set out the framework for collaborative working on BIM enabled projects and providing specific guidance for the information management requirements associated with projects delivered using BIM.
The purpose of PAS1192:3 is to act as a partner to PAS 1192:2 and support the Level 2 BIM objective by setting out a framework for information management for the whole life cycle of asset management. PAS1192:3 addresses the operational phase of assets irrespective of whether these were commissioned through major works, acquired through transfer of ownership or already existed in an asset portfolio.
This defines expectations for the exchange of information throughout the lifecycle of a Facility. The use of COBie ensures that information can be prepared and used without the need for knowledge of the sending and receiving applications or databases. It ensures that the information exchange can be reviewed and validated for compliance, continuity and completeness.
PAS 1192-5 specifies the processes that will assist organisations in identifying and implementing appropriate and proportionate measures to reduce the risk of loss or disclosure of information which could impact on the safety and security.
Government Soft Landings
Based on the BSRIA Soft Landings process, GSL encourages the engagement of the project end users right from the start of design for any built asset. The Golden Thread of GSL runs from the start of a project, linking, clients, end users, designers and constructors, focusing on outcomes and operational performance.
Digital Plan of Work
This provides a harmonised stage structure which will provide an overarching framework for all other plans of work produced by the Institutes such as the RIBA Plan of Work update due later this year. Included in the dPoW are activities required for each stage and links with COBie requirements and the Employers Information Requirements.
Linking with the dPoW, the Data Hierarchy defines the information requirements for each stage from general to detailed, including the Coordinated Work Stages, the Plain Language Questions which set out what information is required and also the Demand Matrix which sets out the information to be included in the COBie file that forms part of each of the information exchanges in line with the dPow.
For a digital information environment like BIM, we need a digital classification system, which is Uniclass 2. This is still effectively a Beta version but development is ongoing, and the classification will continue to evolve with our increasing use of BIM, and accommodates changes over the asset lifecycle and is capable of use by all stakeholders in the process.
COBie tools and testing
Guidance on COBie UK 2012 has been available for sometime but in this update an example project is modelled at various stages with corresponding COBie outputs. In addition COBie testing and extraction tools are examined.
CIC BIM Protocol
The CIC BIM Protocol is a supplementary contract agreement for appointments by Construction Clients and Contractor Clients. It covers BIM model production and delivery requirements and also sets out information requirements. The protocol can be included in a contract or appointment by a simple amendment.
Employers Information Requirements
The EIRs are included in tender and appointment documents, defining model requirements and outputs at each stage. The EIRs cover Technical, Management and Commercial aspects of the requirements.
Scope of Services for Information Management
These documents detail the Information Management role that is fundamental to BIM delivery on a project, managing the Common Data Environment, project information and facilitating collaborative working, information exchange and project team management. The role does not involve design responsibility. However it could be carried out by a consultant with design responsibility, or the Main Contractor.
Insurance Guidance Note
The CIC has carried out extensive consultation with the Professional Indemnity insurance market, and developed some simple guidance for all those involved in design in a BIM environment.
Developed by the Technology Alliance Group, the matrix enables any organisation or individual to review their BIM activities, support, training, hardware and software requirements. Ideal for use by SME’s.
The Uses of BIM (download)
Kreider, Ralph G. and Messner, John I. (2013). “The Uses of BIM: Classifying and Selecting BIM Uses”. Version 0.9, September, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA. http://bim.psu.edu
This document presents a system for the classification of the Uses of BIM. This classification system provides a common language for the Uses of Building Information Modeling (or BIM Uses) that can be leveraged to communicate the precise purpose and context of implementing BIM on a capital facility project. A BIM Use is defined as a method of applying Building Information Modeling during a facility’s lifecycle to achieve one or more specific objectives.