If you not already feeling “bim bamboozled” now is a good time to start. The BIM Institute reported great feedback from its attendance at 12 events last year in addition to the independent workshops it held in 2016. Knowledge sharing, networking and consulting were the main highlight responses.
By the end of 2016 many of us were feeling overwhelmed by the knowledge we’ve gained, but if we take a step back and remind ourselves “Why” we need to transform and adopt processes like BIM, things become clearer.
A recent discussion with Ralph Montague, managing partner with Arcdox, Ireland, summed it up very well;
“A lot of what the BIM process is trying to do is not really that new. It is stuff we have been doing, or should have been doing anyway, as part of good design or project management; it might just have a fancy new name or standardized acronym that you need to get used to.”
When you look at a typical project, it would go through the following steps:
Design brief → Tender → Revision → Contract → Execution
SIMILAR PROCESS APPLIED IN BIM ENVIRONMENT: FROM EIR to AIM…
When it comes to the production, management and sharing (exchanging) of information on projects (or Building Information Management), the same things apply:
Suppliers (designers and contractors) document “how” they will provide what is required in a BIM Execution Plan (BEP).
Clients confirm the capability of the team, through Pre-Qualification Questionnaires (PQQ’s), and BIM Capability Assessments. The collection of all the resources – by way of capability assessments for the full project team – is called the Project Implementation Plan (PIP)
The BIM Protocol describes the information “contract” agreed between the parties which includes a Model Production Delivery Table (MPDT – an initial high-level outline list of information deliverables, which is expanded later in more detail, as a Master Information Delivery Plan (MIDP).
The Project Information Manager is appointed (usually the lead designer at design stage, and the main contractor at construction stage), and given specific duties.
A Common Data Environment (CDE) repository of approved project information is established where information is easily and continuously, coordinated, collaborated, shared and checked. This is managed by the Project Information Manager. The CDE includes graphical data, non-graphical data and documents – in other words ALL project information (not just models & drawings). At design/construction stage, the information in the CDE is called the Project Information Model (PIM), and at post-construction or operations phase, it is called the Asset Information Model (AIM).”
Recent developments have seen discussions among various private and public sector bodies to list companies that have or are currently upskilling internal resources and upgrading technologies in response to Building Information Modelling best practice.
The long-term vision for this strategy is to create public awareness of companies who are not only optimizing the technical operation side of business but also creating a platform for private and public companies to start engaging with BIM compliant organizations.
The BIM Institute announced this week its intention to put in place a “company listing” page on its website listing companies that are upskilling its resources or are BIM accredited through the BIM Institute.
The BIM BAM BOOM workshops are in partnership with WhiteFrog in the UK. The White Frog team of authors is a group of independent consultants and recognised experts-in-practice who are pushing the boundaries of Building Information Modelling.
The White Frog international training content is set out to create new training material for the processes around BIM and to break down several of the preconceived rules surrounding training delivery. Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a methodology which is at the core of the modern construction process, influencing the way in which popular software applications are used. The White Frog training courseware takes the stance of teaching BIM methodology and processes using the available tools in task-based modules. In this way, delegates and students learn best practice in tandem with a design application.
The BIM workshops are software agnostic and accreditation is designed for businesses to apply the standards, methods, procedures when using advanced 3D modelling tools and are designed to have the skilled staff in place when delivering a BIM strategy.
Why apply for BIM Institute accreditation?
- Removes the requirement for the employer to carry out a BIM capability assessment.
- Demonstrates compliance with international BIM standards and the ability to meet certain BIM requirements for tenders.
- Speeds up the tendering process, saving businesses time & money
- Helps your company stand out from the competition, showing you are ready for business
The accreditation covers the following areas:
- Basic understanding of Building Information Modelling, its benefits, technology and protocols.
- Understand BIM terminology.
- Foundation to establish and execute a BIM Execution Plan(BEP), Common Data Environment (CDE) and Employers Information Requirements(EIR).
- Strategies for engaging and motivating employees to foster new ideas, identify solutions in the workplace.
- Review of local project case studies
What certification do you need for attendance?
Any individual or organisation who is responsible for the production of design outputs, project planning or estimating or any related discipline-specific, package-based or time-based task on a project where BIM is being implemented.
If you are considering BIM accreditation for your business, please contact the BIM Institute for more information and ask about our customised workshops that are available for companies or groups.
Please visit www.biminstitute.org.za or contact 021 557 4061.