The first blogs concentrated on practical BIM which I intend to continue. What I mean by practical is using BIM software and processes to undertake everyday tasks in a more efficient manner. There are lots of books and web sites dedicated to software and management but very few that look at the practicalities of how all this can be implemented while still delivering buildings and infrastructure.
The last 18 months has seen a considerable transformation towards BIM. The last 6 months has been intense. This is primary reason my blog posts have become a little spare recently. With the 2016 deadline for BIM in the UK, the next 8 months will be very interesting. While seeming critical to some or perhaps many in the industry, a previous article on BIM Culture highlighted some of the shortcomings in the management approach to BIM.
Just over a year ago, I started to lecture at nights on a BIM module for an MSc in Construction Informations at DIT which is organised by CITA. Lecturing is intense at the start as the material has to be compiled into a format that can be delivered in a structured manner for students to understand. While time consuming, this structuring of material in relation to BIM is beneficial to day to day professional practice as otherwise there is very little time in a standard work day to stand back and take stock of the bigger picture.
I have also been involved involved in developing a number of standards for a sub-committee focusing on BIM at the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI). The RIAI have adoted PAS1192-2:2013 as a standard for projects undertaken in BIM. RIAI members and others who work with members are now calling for standardised processes and documents which guide both clients and professionals on BIM Level 2 compliance. This task is made difficult by the fact that the UK construction industry has not not yet developed BIM processes and documents to a sufficient manner even though 2016 is only 8 months away. The situation is made worse by publications purporting to be BIM Level 2 but do not in fact cover the pre-requisites of PAS1192-2:2013 and BS1192:2007 standards. The draft of the RIAI EIR document will be presented by Ralph Montague at the next CITA event in Dublin.
In the next few posts, I am going to collate my recent knowledge from various sources on delivering BIM to PAS1192-2:2013 and related standards. PAS1192-2:2013 is the primary standard for delivery of BIM level 2 in the UK and employers in other countries who wish to adopt this standard. Delivering to this standard will impose significant changes on procurement and delivery of capital projects. It is very important that BIM Level 2 projects should include a BIM Protocol. Although a bespoke protocol can be used, the CIC BIM Protocol is considered best practice.
PAS1192-2:2013 Information Delivery
There are so many definitions for BIM but the way I see it at present is: BIM = Procurement + Delivery + Technology
BIM Level 2 starts with the Client or Employer. An Employers Information Requirements (EIR) document should be included with tender documentation which contains a mixture or descriptive and prescriptive requirements for BIM. PAS1192-2:2013 describes what should be included in an EIR document. In my experience, I have come across two EIR documents that could be could be considered PAS1192-2:2013 compliant. Others were partly compliant and the typical scenario is to include BIM Requirements in the Invitation to Tender (ITT) document or an Information Requirements document which is part of the ITT.
In the interests on putting things straight, the next few posts will concentrate on the process which I will attempt to be as compliant with PAS1192-2:2013 as I can. I welcome any comments from viewers of the posts for corrections as the standards are not always as prescriptive as I would like.
As as start, I have included a map of the PAS1192-2:2013 delivery process from EIR up to Post-contract BIM Execution Plan.
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