BIM - Opportunities for Surveyors

After attending the BIM seminar at GEO Business 2018, Richard Groom takes a personal look at the current state of BIM and how it has progressed. It is ten years or more since we were introduced to BIM. We were wooed by the slick, confident and vibrant presentations and saw a future of collaboration, digital twins and whole life costing. Then there was the mandate for all government construction projects with a value of over £50m to be undertaken using BIM Level 2 from April 2016. But if BIM was going to solve all our problems and cut costs by... (read more)
2018-07-04 12:52:29

Bringing BIM Down to Earth

‘BIM’ is a hot topic in the industry, receiving regular coverage at many conferences, seminars and webinars. A lot of companies predict that it is one of the ‘next big things’ for the future, and a not inconsiderable number of companies are already working with BIM today. And that’s a good thing! But it is perhaps wise to look past the hype and keep our feet firmly on the ground. Tomas Sandström from Adtollo brings some nuance into the BIM discussion in this column. BIM stands for ‘building information modelling’, or perhaps ‘building information management’. The best thing about BIM... (read more)
2019-01-24 02:20:34

The Art of BIM Implementation

The Past, the Present and the Future of the New International BIM Standard
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a means of creating a data-rich digital representation of an asset, be that buildings or infrastructure. The processes behind BIM form the foundations for smart information production (digitisation) and management through the lifecycle of the project. BIM encourages all project parties to work collaboratively, aiding project efficiency, de-risking project cost models and programmes, and enabling use of the model to inform operations and maintenance decision-making in the future. Standards exist to inform end clients and project teams about how to implement BIM in the delivery and management of projects and assets.  In the UK, the... (read more)
2020-03-03 03:07:56

3D Repo Drives Adoption of BIM by Joining the UK BIM Alliance

3D Repo is helping to promote the adoption of next-generation Building Information Modelling (BIM) best practice by joining the UK BIM Alliance. Through patronage of the Alliance, 3D Repo will help transform the construction industry as it transitions to a digital era. 3D Repo will also be a key player in the Alliance’s Technology Group; which promotes discussion, agreement and adoption of interoperability and Open BIM standards in the UK and Ireland in conjunction with the Alliance’s Standards Group; which in turn helps to raise and support the Alliance’s drive to digitally transform the Built Environment. “As a well-known technology innovator,... (read more)
2018-07-19 10:51:21

Plowman Craven Achieves BIM 19650 Kitemark

Plowman Craven has confirmed its position as a leading advocate of BIM, becoming the first dedicated UK survey company and BIM consultancy to achieve BSI Kitemark certification to reflect the new international standards for BIM. Following a comprehensive audit from BSI, Plowman Craven has gained the coveted BSI Kitemark for BIM to reflect BS EN ISO 19650, which includes both Part 1 (Concept and principles) and Part 2 (delivery phase of assets). These international standards cover the organization and digitization of information about buildings and civil engineering works, including Building Information Modelling. The Kitemark also includes BS 1192-4, which ensures the fulfilment... (read more)
2019-08-08 10:36:59

Still Work to do - RICS BIM 2015

It seems that our QS colleagues are waking up to the potential that BIM has to offer, as Professor Ian Dowman discovered at the RICS’s 2015 BIM Conference. But data validation and standardization are key areas for development. The theme of this year’s RICS BIM Conference was ‘Delivering efficiencies and cost savings throughout the project’s lifecycle’. There was a very strong emphasis on quantity surveying (QS). At the 2014 RICS BIM Conference there was an interest in data collection with a forward look to the use of BIM models for QS, facilities management (FM) and integration of design, build and... (read more)
2017-07-20 10:49:18

5 Questions about BIM and GIS

Q&A with Chris Andrews, senior product manager 3D at Esri
There has been much debate on the synergy of building information modelling (BIM) and GIS (geographic information systems). This makes for a potentially powerful combination, but what is the best way to maximise the advantages of the two? Not surprisingly, data plays a crucial role in delivering on the promise of transforming infrastructure design and construction. At 'GIM International' we decided it was high time to ask a renowned expert from the field to share his views with our readers. Chris Andrews, senior product manager 3D at Esri, answers five key questions about the journey towards optimal integration. BIM and... (read more)
2018-09-04 12:51:28

6 Ways Data Analytics is Transforming BIM

The use of building information modelling (BIM) is rapidly increasing in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of building and infrastructure assets. The reason is simple, according to AECOM’s James Rosenwax and Ben May: digital technology is making it easier, cheaper and more efficient to manage buildings and infrastructure projects through digital models. Using BIM, we can make digital replicas of physical assets, processes and systems; the so-called ‘digital twins’ of buildings. These models show three-dimensional details of construction drawings including structural, electrical, and mechanical elements, and fire safety systems. In addition to these key design elements, there are a... (read more)
2020-01-13 11:17:45

British Expert Group Releases BIM Interoperability Report

Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB), a partner in the Construction Innovation Hub, has published the 'Building Information Modelling (BIM) Interoperability Report' for consultation. It forms part of the Construction Innovation Hub’s work to grow the digital economy for the construction and infrastructure sector, and to develop and promote digital ways of working as enablers of greater whole-life value in the built environment. The report, produced with oversight from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Infrastructure Projects Authority (IPA), and support from the UK BIM Alliance, gives recommendations to the government on how to continue to... (read more)
2020-04-28 08:39:01
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