Big Data – BIM

Big Data - BIM

BIG Data – BIM

Why has the construction industry been virtually the only major business sector that to show a decades long trend of productivity decline?  The authors suggest that cultural, technological and supply chain barriers endemic to the AECOO (Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owner, Operations) sector create inefficiency and waste. As a result facility managers continue to struggle with cost effective facility life-cycle management.   These barriers, however, are in the process of being broken down by 1.) worldwide changes in the economic and environmental landscapes, 2.) the advent of disruptive technologies – specifically BIM and Cloud Computing, and 3.) the associated application and integration of transparent and collaborative project delivery methods.

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BIM, Big Data, and Efficient Life-cycle Management of the Built Environment

Efficient life-cycle management of the built environment comes down to  analyzing large data sets— big data—from several knowledge domains.   3D visualization software products currently promoted as BIM (Building Information Modeling)  are not solutions for this task.

Next generation cloud-computing and knowledge-based solutions will enable new levels of innovation, productivity, collaboration, transparency, competition,  and growth.

Owners, Contractors, AE’s, Facility Managers… all stakeholders of the built environment ( facilities and infrastructure) will need to integrate multimedia and social media with dedicated digital tools/applications to manage all phases of collaborative facility life-cycle management, from concept thru deconstruction.

Organizations  that can best harness “Big data” in within the AECOO sector (Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Operations, Owner) will hold a distinct competitive advantage.  They will be able to drive new levels of efficiency and quality with respect to planning, design, procurement, construction project delivery, utilization, repair, maintenance, sustainability, renovation, adaptation, and deconstruction.

Operative elements associate with leveraging big data for BIM (BIM defined as efficient life-cycle management of the built environment supported by digital technology) include:

– Transparency

– Collaboration

– Frequency

– Accuracy

-Evidence-based Management

The barriers to big-data and BIM are largely cultural vs. technology oriented, with  intellectual property information/data sharing leading the list.   Talent, technology, and associated processes and workflows are considerations, however, relatively trivial if big-data and BIM are supported by management.

Since data access  and data sharing are are the most critical aspects of big data and BIM, collaborative construction project delivery methods are required elements of success.   Collaborative construction delivery methods set the tone of any construction project and directly impact overall success.
Examples of collaborative construction delivery methods  include Integrated Project Delivery – IPD – and Job Order Contracting – JOC.
The former for new construction and the latter for renovation, repair, sustainability, and minor new construction.
Big Data for BIM / Efficient Facility Life-cycle Management

Access to standardized and current BIM information is critical and organizations will  need to integrate information from multiple data sources, often from third parties.   This requires robust business processes supported by, and integrated with technology frameworks.

via – Premier software for cost estimating and efficient project delivery – JOC – Job Order Contracting, SABER, SATOC, IDIQ, MATOC, MACC, POCA, BOA.

Who is the recognized “expert” for BIM? For example, if you want to learn about LEED you go to the USGBC. If you want to learn more about BIM where should you go?

The  question, ” Who is the recognized “experts” in BIM? If you want to learn about LEED you go to the USGBC. If you want to learn more about BIM where should you go? ”  was recently posted on Linked-In.

While there is no single point source, my best answer, is NIBS/bSa – buildingSMARTalliance.   NIBS/bSa has taken a clear lead in compiling information relative to life-cycle building management…. aka big BIM.

Since life-cycle building management requires several domains of expertise, other organizations/initiatives are also important.  For example,   APPA, NASFA, FFC, and IFMA for facility management aspects,  the real “heart” of BIM.  IFMA is partnering with NIBS to get a “big BIM” effort going.  H APPA, NASFA, and FFC are the places to go relative to “big BIM”  core informational components, strategic business processes, cutting-edge initiatives, etc., while IFMA tends to take a more “broad brush” approach to things.

Cloud technology and efficient cost estimating and project delivery methods (IPD, JOC) are also critical to BIM.  Here take a look at innovative smaller companies including ONUMA and yours truly, 4Clicks, for renovation, repair, sustainability… aka FM.

GIS, BAS are also important components.

Also look at COBIE, OMNICLASS, IFC, and IFD/Data dictionary….   all also important relative to “big BIM”.

” … BIM to me is 10% Technology and 90% Sociology. BIM Technology is the tools that make the BIM Business Practices work, regardless of what portion of the industry you represent. However, if you do not have the right culture / people adopting and implementing BIM, throughout the building lifecyle, the value of BIM will not fully be realized. ” – bSa member

via – premier cost estimating and project managment software for efficient project delivery – JOC, SABER, IPD, SATOC, MATOC, MACC, POCA, BOA.

BIM for FM…. Or Big BIM Process & Strategy

BIM 3D,4D,5D & Constructio Project Devlivery – Process First! – 8March2011


Looking at a BIM PROCESS and STRATEGY… should happen well before any technology discussion, though technology is the enabler for implementation, deployment, scalability, etc.
Everything starts with you…. Your situation … Your needs …. Your resources … and Your PROCESS.
The lack of robust PROCESSES has been endemic to and a virtually unique aspect of, the AEC community.
BIMF for Building Information Modeling Framework, is used to describe an integrated approach to facility management and BIM… also referred to a “big BIM”, with the FOCUS upon the “I”, INFORMATION aspect and sharing information from formerly disparate FM silos.