Thursday, 13 July 2017

EU BIM Handbook

This EU BIM Handbook has been published and may be downloaded for free from:

The drivers for BIM across europe are essentially the same as those in the UK - better information management allowing for more informed decisions that will positively impact the environment, society, resource availability and economic performance.

Those defining policy around public procurement can greatly influence BIM adoption in their region.

The handbook is a joint effort from over twenty european countries. However, in the UK, Mark Bew, Adam Matthews, Barry Blackwell and Richard Lane have all played a big effort here.

The handbook is written in plain language (in English - but presume translations will follow) and has three main sections: 1. Introduction, 2. General guidance and 3. Action recommendations.

1. Introduction
This looks at the business case for BIM and how the handbook can be a central reference point for the European public sector. The basic idea is that by following the guidance and recommendations then digital capacity can grow, a consistent way of working can be developed and behaviours can be changed through communicating the value.

2. General guidance
Section 2 goes into further depth into the business case for BIM. In particular, there is a good section on the value proposition.
Value proposition
The four most important strategic areas are identified:
Strategic focus
...and keeping the theme of 'four'... four core definition areas are highlighted:
Definition areas
3. Action recommendations
Following the guidance chapter, clear action recommendations are given at both a strategic level and an implementation level. Against each recommendation there are actions that are either 'encouraged', 'recommended' or 'highly recommended'.
Example recommendation
The influence of the UK's experience from recent years is there to be seen. Whether this is around communicating the strategy, funding and forming a stewardship team, engaging with industry and institutes, developing a framework for the technical process, use standards for classification and information exchange, develop an educational framework, measure progress against clear goals, provide tools and templates for the development of key documentation etc...

The Handbook also contains a number of case studies from across europe highlighting successes.

At 84 pages in length the handbook it seems a little daunting at first glance, but it is laid out extremely well with a mix of text, illustrations and tables - it is a really good easy read for anyone working in this field.

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