Wednesday 27 October 2010

buildingSMART - Investing in BIM Competence

buildingSMART have just released a concise guide explaining how to get started with BIM and the potential benefits.
There are a number of interesting case studies in the publication:
  • St Helens and Knowsley hospitals - Information-sharing on a PFI hospital project
  • Endeavour House, Stansted - Repeat project offers opportunity for improvement
  • Festival Place, Basingstoke - Benefits of modelling for complex retail project
  • London hospitals project leading the way - Barts and Royal London hospitals
  • Heathrow Express and Terminal 5 - Use of a single model environment
  • Palace Exchange, Enfield - Collaborative working on a retail project
The press release promoting the publication is as follows...

Investing in BIM Competence  
A concise guide explains how to get started and the potential benefits 
BuildingSMART – the international alliance that promotes open standards and collaborative working – has published a concise guide to explain what is entailed in taking the BIM route and how ‘first off the block’ companies have benefited.
‘Investing in BIM Competence explains how to go about getting your business BIM-competent,’ said Christopher Groome, business manager, buildingSMART UK. ‘It explores the issues surrounding uptake – including people, process and technology – and is candid about the problems supply chain partners have to overcome and how to set about it.’
The author of the report spoke to people from different firms and disciplines in the industry to gain insights from their experience of Building Information Modelling. In this short qualitative survey of industry opinion, their answers indicate (among other things) the importance of top level management support, improved communication across teams, a range of soft benefits that are highly valued even though they are not quantified, and the effects on workflow patterns.
Anyone who has worked with BIM will be interested in comparing their experience. Six short case studies present examples of information sharing, from pioneering work done by BAA to the leading-edge approach employed on the Barts and Royal London hospitals project, now under construction.
‘Our vision at buildingSMART is one of a more sustainable built environment using tools such as BIM,’ said Mark Bew, chairman, buildingSMART UK. ‘At the same time, competence in BIM brings new business opportunities. I urge companies, whatever their size, to get involved and start realising the benefits. Take the first step by reading Investing in BIM Competence.’

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