BIM is the life-cycle management of the built environment supported by digital technology. Does it exist today?
BIM requires the integration of previously disparate competencies, processes, and technologies. Facilities Operations Software (3d modeling (Revit, Bentley, Archicad…) CPMS, CMMS, IWMS, CAFM, EAMS, ERP, BAS/BMS GIS …), Collaborative Construction Delivery Methods (IPD – Integrated Project Delivery, JOC- Job Order Contracting, PPP – Public/Private Partnerships..), robust ontology, metrics, and benchmarks are arguably ALL requirements for initial and ongoing success.
While there are certainly active programs and projects to begin to DEVELOP standardized integration of BIM technology and processes for efficient life-cycle management of the built environment, they do NOT exist. I see a critical need for the development of a robust BIM Ontology. Far too much time to date has been focused “in the weeds” on “technical issues”. Technology is NOT the problem, but rather a robust definition of life-cycle management and associated competencies, metrics, benchmarks, and processes.
The success/failure of ANY repair, renovation, sustainability, or new construction project is largely dependent upon the construction project delivery method and associated composition of a collaborative, experienced team.
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