Business information modelling: the right information at the right time
Having recently been highlighted by the UK Government as the process that is becoming integral to the public sector, Business Information Modelling (BIM) is finally making an impact across the UK.
As a vital aspect of design, BIM needs to and will become an essential part of all public sector projects in the reduction of waste and inefficiencies in the design, procurement and construction of projects and estate management contracts. BIM also offers visibility, enabling clients to see the value in the processes and technology they are investing in. Simply put, BIM is a process that facilitates access to the right information at the right time.
Having already had a significant impact on organisations in the US, the Far East and some European regions, this utilisation of BIM by the UK comes later than expected. In terms of where it’s being used, it’s not just the public sector which has reaped the benefits; many private sector clients have also identified a need for BIM and are looking at how they too can implement it, further emphasising just how essential it is to a wide range of projects in the UK.
In terms of looking at the deployment of BIM, this depends on what works best for your organisation. It’s important to have an understanding of what elements of the organisation BIM will have the most significant impact on - what can BIM achieve in terms of maximising return on investment?
It’s important to look into other factors surrounding the implementation of BIM as well. For example, how much training will you need? Do you have the right resources and technology? If not, where do you get the necessary information?
Finally, when implementing the tool, ensure there is a plan in place, something which clearly outlines the process and the training that’s necessary to use this model.
Ultimately, the use of BIM is about truly delivering efficiencies throughout every stage of a project. Whether it is in the design, procurement, delivery or management, BIM is demonstrating the best way to deliver efficiency and effectiveness across the industry. As it’s expected to now grow at a tremendous rate, organisations should look at how this will affect them and how they too can engage with BIM in order to truly convey best practice.
Rob Ewen, director UK Regions, Mace
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