The most common definition of BIM is “Building Information Modelling” but it can be taken a step further to mean “Building Information Management” or “Building Integrated Models”. Essentially BIM stands for a process used in the construction industry, which facilitates construction projects through information-based technologies.
It is often interpreted as 3D modelling, but that is only the “modelling” part of the definition, and only the basis off which the process starts.
Another misconception is that BIM is equivalent to software. Without BIM enabled software BIM would not be possible BUT BIM software can be used with very little actual BIM involved.
BIM also evolves from a process to a product – a BIM – “Building Information Model” – which is a data rich spatially accurate digital representation of the project. The BIM becomes a tool for managing the many aspects of a building through its lifecycle.
Successful BIM requires high levels of project team involvement and collaboration. The following quote defines the difference between Teamwork and Collaboration that is quite applicable to BIM:
“Teamwork has rules and boundaries: the duration of the game, the size of the pitch, the positions of the players and what constitutes a victory.
Collaboration, on the other hand, operates in an environment where the boundaries and rules aren’t clear. In fact, the rules unfold as the project progresses. And collaborating parties don’t always have a clear idea of what victory looks like; it’s something they feel their way towards.
Too often, teamwork looks like polite people making minimal progress, whereas collaboration is an altogether more robust concept that doesn’t tolerate mediocrity”
Unfortunately, the BIM promise of efficiently producing projects is all too often undermined by the breakdown in communication and frustration experienced when attempting to combine and co-ordinate digital project information that gets produced by the many contributors to a project.
The BIM services offered by Capex Projects are designed to mitigate and manage these issues.
These Services include:
- Developing a BIM execution Plan for the project based on the needs of the client and the project team
- Developing BIM Protocols
- to define the standards required to achieve the BIM goals
- to manage communication associated with the BIM process
- Skills assessments & workshops with the project team to ensure quality of the BIM
- Setting up and managing a Common Data Environment (CDE) to ensure a single point of data flow and one source of Truth for all project information.
- Managing on a technological level, the flow and structure of the digital co-ordination information
- Project Co-ordination Oversight