What is wrong with ” The Business Value of BIM for Construction in Major Global Markets: How Contractors Around the World are Driving Innovation with Building Information Modeling” ?


1. The report exclusively deals with construction companies.  The most significant value of BIM is to Owners and the associated collaboration among Owners, AEs, Contractors, Subs, Building Users, Oversight Groups, …..

2. There appears to be no specific definition of BIM.  Thus, what are the respondents really responding to and/or commenting upon?

3. The report states “…BIM adoption in North American skyrocketed from 28% to 71% between 2007 and 2012…”.  Does anyone out there actually believe this based upon the BIM defintion I have provided below?   I certainly don not.  BTW… 71% of what exactly—727 contractors globally—65% large GCs and 44% small contractors?  Larger contractors/small contractors… all contractors, contractors surveyed, what does “adoption” mean?  ….

4. 71% of larger GC’s claim to have “expert level” BIM capabilities.  Really?  And just exactly does that expertise entail relative to the definition below?  Sorry, I am having a lot of trouble here…

Building Information Management, Model and Modeling    BIM3     BIM is a term which represents three separate but linked functions:

Building Information Management: Is the ORGANIZATION & CONTROL of the business process by utilizing the information in the digital prototype to effect the sharing of information over the entire lifecycle of an asset. The benefits include centralized and visual communication, early exploration of options, sustainability, efficient design, integration of disciplines, site control, as built documentation, etc.–effectively developing an asset life-cycle process and model from conception to final retirement.

Building Information Model: Is the DIGITAL REPRESENTATION of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. As such it serves as a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility, forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle from inception onwards.

Building Information Modeling: Is a BUSINESS PROCESS for generating and leveraging building data to design, construct and operate the building during its life-cycle. BIM allows all stakeholders to have access to the same information at the same time through interoperability between technology platforms.

 

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