BIM and Specification
Construction documentation has traditionally included drawings, specification and bill of quantities all issued on paper. The aim of Building Information Modelling is to fully coordinate this information digitally and for this information to flow from briefing through to the operation of the building in use.
This will fundamentally change the construction industry.
This roundtable session discusses what BIM means for specification.
- Level-2 BIM is a managed 3D environment with data held in separate BIM tools. This is what UK government is mandating for 2016 on central government projects.
- Level-3 BIM is a single BIM model through integration of the data in all BIM tools.
- To reach level-2 BIM, how should the information in the specification and the CAD models be coordinated?
- What does level-3 BIM mean for traditional drawings, specification and bill of quantities?
- In a BIM-world, where will the technical guidance and cost (environment and financial) guidance come from?
- In a BIM-world, where will the specification workmanship information come from?
- How can manufacturers assist construction professionals in their use of BIM?
- Will construction professionals be more likely to specify manufacturers who embraced BIM?
- http://www.thenbs.com/topics/DesignSpecification/articles/futureOfSpecification.asp - RIBAE Exec Director Richard Watson gives his thoughts as part of the NBS specification survey 2011
- http://www.thenbs.com/topics/bim/articles/bimforspecifications.asp - NBS Head of Specification Ian Chapman looks at how BIM will change specification practice