Rule 4: Pragmatic Planning [BIM Rules of Engagement]

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Every stakeholder in the industry has an important role to play, and from my experience, the software vendors will always be the gatekeepers to the advancing technology and possibly the data, They sell the software and provide training on their infinite technology. But regardless of your stance within the industry, we all need to understand the importance of structural data while remaining pragmatic about it. But when we discuss classification schema on a project. The software only manages and organises the information that we put in or capture. There is a human intervention required before we expect AI or technology to play its part. Those who understand classification schema know the challenges faced on projects within design staged and when used within level of development.There are many designers and other professionals out there that have never even looked at a classification schema but still talk about BIM on their projects. Where is the value in that? These schema are developed to help organise ‘things or objects’ appropriately across all sectors, not only as a system but also to define the BIM objects in a digital asset or call it a Digital twin if you want. Standardising this information simplifies collaboration between architects, specifiers, contractors and suppliers across the team. It also helps estimators understand their quantification requirements, timelines, and feasibility budgets better. Ross Griffin is based in Copenhagen, Denmark, and is an experienced Senior Cost Specialist with a demonstrated history of working on large scale projects. As a Skilled Cost Manager, note I said Cost Manager shares his views on the challenges that he faces when it comes to ticking the boxes on cost Reporting, procurement strategy, and over all commercial management in BIM. Lets see what Ross has to say.