Why BIM U.K. will Fail.

I just read a post titled “15 Terms Every BIM User Needs to Know”.  It’s a great list, and you can view the terms and link to the associated article below.

Open Data

Here’s my problem.  The complexity of the list and the multiple definitions associated with various terms present non-trivial obstacles to consistent BIM implementation.

The ultimate goal of “BIM” is to improve the life-cycle management of built structures (buildings, roads, dams, landscapes…) in consideration of core  economic, environmental, and key performance issues.

This goal can’t be accomplish unless real property Owners take responsibility in their roles as stewards of the built environment.  Owners must have the capability and resources to implement fundamental best practices.   Neither of these “requirements” are “present” in the United States, thus BIM has virtually stagnated.    I fear the same fate for the U.K. BIM effort.

From a very basic perspective LEAN best management practices must be applied to the AECOO sector (Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owners, Operations), in order for BIM to succeed.  While LEAN has successfully been applied to many, if not most other “industrial” and “technology” sectors, it has not gained a major foothold within the AECOO domain.

Here are just a few building blocks that the AECOO sector must first put in place as a foundation before BIM can succeed…

  • Best value procurement
  • Collaborative/LEAN construction delivery methods (IPD, JOC, PPP, ….)
  • Shared risk/reward
  • Transparency
  • Common terms, definitions, data architectures
  • Supporting technology
  • Education and continuous training
  • Life-cycle cost perspective versus a first cost mentality

“15 Terms Every BIM User Needs to Know” – (http://www.engineering.com/BIM/ArticleID/11707/15-Terms-Every-BIM-User-Needs-to-Know.aspx)

  1. BIM Protocol
  2. Employers Information Requirements (EIR)
  3. Master Information Delivery Plan (MIDP)
  4. BIM Execution Plan (BEP)
  5. Common Data Environment (CDE)
  6. Data Classification
  7. Project Information Model (PIM)
  8. Asset Information Model (AIM)
  9. LoD (Level of Development/Definition)
  10. Dimensions
  11. Industry Foundation Class (IFC)
  12. COBie (Construction into Operation of Building information exchange)
  13. PAS 1192
  14. Bew-Richards BIM Maturity Model
  15. NBIMS-US


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