Wholesale adoption of BIM critical to modernisation of construction

Mark Farmer, in his article for BIM plus talks about the need to scale up the digital agenda for construction. He says “I see the digital journey in the construction industry as being one of the most important enablers of change and modernisation” He explains how BIM and the digital agenda can address problems of productivity, collaboration, predictability and industry image.

So how is adoption of BIM progressing? In an interview with B1M John Eynon reports that “It’s a very mixed budget-ctapicture…. A number of firms are doing exemplary stuff. By stark contrast, 90% of the industry are struggling to get their heads around it and really get going on it.”

There are though some positive moves to ensure consistent ‘BIM quality’ by the industry. The Construction Products Association and coBuilder have entered into a strategic partnership to expand the development and implementation of LEXiCON. This collaboration aims to ensure a consistent use of product data across construction, while aligning it with the rest of the EU.

BIMHawk, a website and software plug-in enabling the creation of standard parameters for use in BIM objects was launched at the annual CIBSE Building Performance Conference and Exhibition. It “enables authorised users to create or upload Product Data Templates (PDTs) corresponding to real-world products with a full set of industry-recognised parameters ready to be filled in. The model can then be imported directly into BIM platforms without disrupting the rest of the design.”

The BSI has launched a new Kitemark for BIM. The BIM Kitemark aims to build on the verification scheme of PAS 1192-2 that BSI already offers. Andy Butterfield, product certification director of built environment at BSI, said “BIM helps companies drive out waste and inefficiencies in their projects, reducing costs and environmental impact. Having the Kitemark for BIM will mean that companies are able to build their business in the new era of digital technology and access global markets, giving clients reassurance that they are working with partners at the highest possible standard.”

These initiatives will hopefully lead to a more consistent approach to the implementation of BIM. And as BIM impacts on product selection throughout the project timeline, it is imperative that manufacturers are embracing the new technology.

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