Is the industry ready for the government’s BIM mandate in April 2016? That was the main theme of the round table event held recently to launch the BIM+ website, attended by a cross-section of well-placed commentators. As a foretaste of the debate, each contributor was asked to respond to a question on BIM implementation from their particular point of view. Videos are available online.
The BIM Toolkit was presented publicly for the first time at NBS Live in early November 2014 by members of the core team. Details of the event and the toolkit are available online.
A video of a presentation introducing BIM, given at the University of Westminster.
The Landscape Institute BIM Working Group is leading on BIM for landscape, aiming to help LI members adapt to BIM processes and new ways of working.
The team behind Construction Manager has launched a brand new Chartered Institute of Building-backed website devoted to BIM adoption in the UK and beyond. The BIM + website will provide CIOB members and professionals across the industry with high-quality and freely accessible news, project case studies, interviews, commentary and guidance. BIM + also has the backing of the UK BIM Task Group, the UK Contractors Group, Constructing Excellence, collaboration platform 4project and software specialist Asta. The editorial content is written by experienced journalists or industry-acknowledged experts, and includes topics that are not currently well-served by existing print or online publications. They include: in-depth case studies of projects that have implemented BIM; up-to-date news coverage of what’s happening in BIM; Q&A interviews with key figures in BIM, with a particular focus on clients; a “3D views” feature exploring three professionals’ responses to a BIM-related issue; coverage of developments in BIM software and other forms of digital technology; comment and analysis on legal and contractual issues; and news on BIM training courses and qualifications.
This latest issue of Civil Engineering (Vol.167, Issue 5), part of the Proceedings published by the Institution of Civil Engineers, brings together a series of papers that illustrate how visualisations can now be used in civil engineering. They address connected issues of our time: urban and building design, transport and flood risk. One paper combines the dynamic simulations of pedestrians with road vehicles at the New Oxford Circus junction in London, UK. The three-dimensional animations of buildings with architectural rendering, coupled to dynamic pedestrian and vehicle movements and interactions make it hard to spot the difference between the visualisations of the final design and the actual project after construction. Another paper describes the use and benefits of building information modelling (BIM) and its associated visualisations during the design and construction of the Tottenham Court Road station redevelopment project in central London.
The July 2014 issue of this journal is available online with a particular focus on BIM.
With just 16 months to go until the use of BIM becomes mandatory on Government funded construction projects, is the industry ready? Robert Daniel, technical advisor at Marley Eternit, discusses the use of BIM on roofing and cladding projects and the challenges faced by subcontractors.
The UK Government has set a target date for the adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) by 2016. Despite the many benefits identified in literature there are also barriers to be overcome but there is little by way of research ranking the importance of each. To enable informed decision making during the implementation process this research provides a ranking of barriers. The study gathered information via a web-based survey from the top 74 United Kingdom based main construction contractors. The findings demonstrated that the barriers are reduced in importance after BIM adoption as the major hurdle of initial investment has been overcome reducing the “Fear” factor”. The two most important barriers to implementing BIM overall are “Scale of culture change required/lack of flexibility” and “Lack of supply chain buy-in”. The low ranking awarded to “Lack of management support” and “Other competing initiatives” show the priority implementation is given in industry.
NBS has developed a BIM Object Standard for use by all construction professionals, from specifiers to manufacturers and BIM content developers. The NBS BIM Object Standard not only constitutes what a high quality BIM object needs to be, but also, and of equal importance, provides consistency to both content and structure of manufacturers’ products. This new standard will play a significant role in helping to shape and mould the industry on its journey towards the 2016 deadline for the use of level 2 BIM on all Government funded projects.