What is BIM … It’s not Revit, Archicad, Bentley …


BIM and Cloud technologies/processes will redefine the relationships between all construction professionals.

BIM is the life-cycle management of the built environment supported by digital technology.  While 3d visualization, aka Revit, Archicad, Bentley, et al is a valuable component of BIM it is neither the primary component, or necessarily a requisite component.   These 3d visualization tools and their suppliers have primarily targeted architects and designers.  Why is that?   It’s simple, 3d visualization helps in the visual design and “selling” of structures.  When combined with MEP, it also can save money relative to crash/collision detection.

The true value of BIM, however, lies within business management and process change/adaptation.  The integration of previously disparate silos of construction and facility management information and processes into a collaborative, transparent environment is what BIM offers.

How do we get there?  Simple really, the combination of BIM with CLOUD technology will result in disruptive, positive change.  Affordable, scalable technology is now available to embed robust business processes.

For example, Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), and Job Order Contracting (JOC), the latter being IPD for facility renovation, repair, sustainability and minor new construction, are both efficient, proven construction delivery methods.  The are now both available embedded within technologies to support the collaborative needed of Owners, Contractors, AEs, BPMs (business product manufactures), and the relevant other Community members.

The linking of efficient construction delivery methods like IPD and JOC, with CPMS, CMMS, CAFM, BAS, GIS… to name a few… has already begun.

Valuable information On-Demand to enable efficient construction and facility management is BIM… part technology, part process, 100% collaborative.

Terms of equal import to BIM?   ” Adaptive Project Delivery” and “Adaptive Construction Management”.

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9 thoughts on “What is BIM … It’s not Revit, Archicad, Bentley …

  1. Peter, I fully agree with these sentiments.BIM is a process and our biggest challenges are process and culture change. 3D is a natural fit as a tool to facilitate this process, given the object of our industry is the creation and maintenance of real world 3D collections of objects and processes.

    I believe we have the means (tools, processes, exchange formats) in hand sufficiently to see the natural progression forward. What we lack as an industry is proper attention to requirements management and the sort of tools that software developers have at hand when they design products, for example.

    The software industry pays scant attention to requirements management and yet requirements are the one constant that frames and defines the solutions we head towards, at every step in the process. Requirements start the process, with architects and clients defining a brief (essentially a set of requirements), requirements from users, regulaory authorities, functioning of the facility and the like are added and change over the lifecycle of the project. A robust and purpose configured requirements management framework can be the “glue that binds” the various stakeholders and processes into the common objectives necessary for a successful end result. I do not mean at the functional level, where we have the various tools and exchange formats you speak about, but at the process level, to control and manage the processes necessary to coordinate this constellation of functionalities.

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