BIM – Technology – LEAN Construction – Process


There are those that believe that the desire to utilize BIM is outpacing technology.

This belief is ill-founded.

The REAL issue is that many Owners, Contractors, AE’s, BPMs (business product manufactures), and oversight groups are being outpaced due to their lack of understanding of “basic” BIM PROCESSES.

BIM is NOT 3-D rendering or collision detection.  Tools like Revit, ArchiCAD, Bentely, et al, are only components of a total BIM solution.

BIM is a PROCESS, combined and integrated with supporting TECHNOLOGY(IES) to enable life-cycle management of the built environment.

Cloud technology will support web-centric collaboration and associated secure/rapid data exchange, as well as associated taxonomies, data architectures, etc. such as COBIE, IFC, OMNICLASS (and associated UNIFORMAT, MASTERFORMAT, etc.), STEP…

The integration of the following TECHNOLOGIES, PROCESSES, and COMPETENCIES via CLOUD enablement will expedite BIM:

Efficient Construction Delivery Methods and Software: ( IPD – Integrated Project Delivery, JOC – Job Order Contracting, JOC is IPD specifically for repair, renovation, sustainability and new construction; whereas IPD is for major new construction).

Capital Planning and Management Systems-CPMS: Facility condition assessment, multi-year capital planning scenario analysis.

Space Planning – CAFM: Utilization, hoteling.

Computerized Maintenance Management Systems – CMMS:  Routine/preventitive maintenance of “moveable” equipment (typically under $5,000-$10,000, vs. capital issues.

Building Automation Systems – BAS: Automated HVAC, Security, Energy monitoring and control systems.

Geographic Information Systems – GIS:  Physical location systems.

A single “BIM” system will not support the above, and likely will not for a long time.
(Those that have implemented “ERP” systems, are honest with themselves, know the folly of assuming that implementing a single technology will improve and/or manage disparate processes.)

Technology is not the limiting factor relative to BIM,  however, a thorough understanding of the basic concepts, components, and processes associated with BIM, and gaining the appropriate level of competency within each domain, is certainly a challenge.

Equally daunting is gaining the associated requisite support of upper management within the Owner, Contractor, AE and other communities.

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