Sleepwalking into the next generation of BIM silos

We need to make a deliberate decision to store BIM information in open, free formats – not lock it away in corporate vaults The government’s objectives for level 2 BIM on all contracts by 2016 is a great target – but how will we ensure the information flowing from these projects remains as accessible and re-usable as the authors of the 1192 suite intended? With the release of the first draft of the PAS1192:3, which concerns the operating phase of a project, this has never been more relevant. Throughout this year…

Making BIM work for existing buildings

Adding performance data to existing models will save money in the long run, but will clients see the benefits? As BIM penetrates the way we work on new buildings, teams are starting to become familiar with the process of making information models. As an activity it has many similarities with the way buildings were, and still are, designed when information was distributed across drawings, schedules and specifications instead of in an integrated model from which these views can be extracted. Fundamentally the process of laying out the spatial brief, and then…

BIM standards are useless if they’re not implemented

Clients are getting disillusioned about BIM because firms are misunderstanding or ignoring the requirements A small practice like mine has a limited amount of time and resource for development and innovation, and these can quickly get soaked up when getting access to work requires entry through bespoke qualification processes that often appear to differ only arbitrarily from each other. When I read the current draft of (technical standards) PAS1192 and its associated documents, I was excited. This suite sets out the requirements to qualify for entry into a project seeking to achieve level 2 BIM. For the first time since our…