BIM is the life-cycle management of the built environment supported by digital technology.
Are 71% of US/North America respondents are practicing BIM”? Is this true? Or has someone in the organization purchased 3D visualization software and/or worked with someone who has? 3D visualization is not BIM.
Does anyone out there really believe that “BIM is reaching maturity among contractors in Europe and North America”?
Many/most respondent don’t have the tools to practice BIM or even understand the critical “best practices” or processes to achieve BIM.
Like many reports and discussions of BIM, this survey apparently fails to clearly define BIM to survey participants. Isn’t it time to get smarter about BIM?
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The Planning Committee for the nation’s building information modeling (BIM) standard is conducting a survey to obtain more information about the building industry’s use and perceived value of theNational BIM Standard – United States® (NBIMS-US™).
The three-minute survey is meant to capture information about the awareness, understanding and implementation of the NBIMS-US™ and find out what industry professionals think should be addressed in future versions of the standard.
The National Institute of Building Sciences buildingSMART alliance™ NBIMS-US™ Project Committee is currently in the process of balloting Version 3 of the standard. With the results of the survey, the Alliance will be better able to plot a path to steer future NBIMS-US™ content to address issues important to the building industry.
Today’s building professionals are increasingly using BIM in their work. The NBIMS-US™ is a consensus-based standard that supports users in their implementation of BIM. Because a BIM covers all aspects of the building process, and everyone in the construction industry will be impacted as the use of BIM becomes standard operation procedure, it is increasingly important that representatives from every segment of the industry participate in development of the standard. With more industry input, the standard can become stronger and more effective, helping the U.S. building industry to become more efficient and productive.
The survey is open until November 15. It consists of 15 multiple-choice questions and should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. The buildingSMART alliance™ will share the survey results during Building Innovations 2014: the National Institute of Building Sciences Conference and Expo, the week of January 6-10, 2014. Take the survey now.
About the National Institute of Building Sciences
The National Institute of Building Sciences, authorized by public law 93-383 in 1974, is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that brings together representatives of government, the professions, industry, labor and consumer interests to identify and resolve building process and facility performance problems. The Institute serves as an authoritative source of advice for both the private and public sectors with respect to the use of building science and technology.
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BIM is the life-cycle management of the built environment supported by digital technology. BIM is not exclusively design, nor does it require 3D modeling. BIM does require information modeling.
A recent BIM adoption survey in Canada highlights some of the major educational and cultural issues yet to be overcome.
The BIM uptake in Canada survey results were published by the Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC), which is home to buildingSMART Canada. The aim of the survey was to collect data on the use of BIM in the Canadian construction sector, identify bottlenecks in the adoption process and flag any issues arising.
The survey findings were released in early 2012:
1. Around 70% of the organizations using BIM had realized benefits in the form of better end-products, enhanced productivity, competitive advantage and improved documentation. – GOOD
2. Some 80% believed that model ownership should be vested primarily with the architect. – NOT GOOD. BIM required collaboration of all parties and ownership of the model should always reside with the OWNER. Granted for various projects, temporary ownership from a management perspective can be allocated to any appropriate authority.
3. More than 50% said that sharing BIM models might cause legal issues. – NOT GOOD. An appropriate collaborative construction delivery model …aka IPD or JOC should address any potential issues.
4. The survey showed that BIM implementation is a slow process, with many users still seeing BIM predominantly as a 3D modelling system. – VERY BAD Our industry should be well beyond this in 2011 or 2012. Are people not keeping up with business and technology trends?
5. The survey suggested that one way to speed up adoption would be to make BIM a
mandatory requirement for public projects. – GOOD However, only if the definition of BIM is clear and detailed.
From March to April 2012, NBS a survey about contracts and legal issues within the UK construction industry. to understand, among other things:
The different contracts and procurement methods being used
At what point in the process contracts are signed
The number and kinds of disputes taking place
How frequently partnering or collaborative working are used in construction projects.
To help the survey get industry wide representation more than 20 industry bodies, including the RIBA, assisted by getting their members to take part. Over 1,000 responses from across the industry were received. This cross industry participation has meant that, for the first time, the UK now has had a broad based, independent survey of these areas. The responses weren’t just from architects and other consultants: clients and contractors took part too and the report breaks down responses by each group.
The findings give a full and at times startling picture of the UK construction industry’s relationship with contract and law.
In some ways, the industry remains rather traditional. Collaboration, team integration and partnering have, at best, only been partially realised.
When we look at the contracts the industry uses, we see that traditional forms of contract still dominate. Sixty per cent of respondents tell us that the JCT Contracts are the ones they use most often, and 72 per cent of people used JCT Contracts at least once in the last year. That said, the NEC Contracts, associated more with non-traditional, collaborative working and procurement, have a firm place in the industry. Sixteen per cent tell us they use them most often and 29 per cent have used them at least once in the last year. For standard forms of contract, JCT and NEC dominate; together they are used more than all other standard contract types combined.
That said, “bespoke” contracts are widely used too; almost one quarter of respondents had used them in at least one project in the last year. Twenty years ago, the Latham Report concluded: “Endlessly refining existing conditions of contract will not solve adversarial problems. Public and private sector clients should begin to phase out bespoke documents“. That “phasing out” is turning out to be a long process – but one we’ll be able to track with subsequent surveys.
The adoption of electronic working also shows the traditional ways of working still remain. While we continue to envisage an electronic future of BIM orientated, collaborative working, more than 40 per cent of consultants and clients are still not using electronic tendering at all. There’s work to be done.
The report also gives an understanding of the number of disputes: both the perceived trend in the number of disputes in the industry and the number of disputes actually gone into by respondents.
Ninety-two per cent of the respondents agreed that the number of disputes in the sectors had either increased or stayed at the same level, with the current state of the economy being most often described as the cause. This somewhat dark assessment is borne out by almost one quarter of those taking part in the survey having been involved in a dispute during 2011.
It’s significant that 49 per cent of contractors who completed the survey tell us that “poor specification” is a “most difficult or recurrent issue” leading to dispute.
Together, the issues people gave as the causes of dispute make clear the need for jointly owned, standardized information. A clear information model including tight specification and variance tracking can help prevent legal action later.
So, the overall picture that emerges is one of an industry that still makes use of traditional methods but which sees the place for more innovation.
In many of the comments people made when completing the survey we could see a real desire for construction to be a collaborative, team-based enterprise where extra value is generated through cooperation. We hope to be moving towards a more collaborative industry. This move towards collaboration goes hand in hand with the move towards shared, co-owned information as well as in the choices of contracts and working methods.
One of the most, if not the most, significant impediments to true team working and collaboration is legal dispute whether actual, threatened or envisaged.The survey uncovered these disputes are disruptive, expensive and not uncommon. That’s why from the outset, projects need standardized, shared information models that are easy to update, maintain and act upon. These need to clearly delineate where risk and responsibility lie. That’s not to say the solution is just a technical one, or one of keeping records, though doing these things well can only help. Any information model, any discharge of a contract, can only be as successful as the team that creates and uses it.
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