BIM Facts: True or False?

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is gaining significant interest from the construction industry as organisations begin to take note of the benefits which it can hold for their business. An increasing number of organisations are acknowledging how BIM can streamline processes to facilitate efficient and accurate data collection, sharing and calculations for all built assets and infrastructures.

However, since the Government mandate for all public sector construction projects to comply with BIM Level 2 came into effect in April 2016, there are still a number of uncertainties surrounding BIM and how it will integrate into the construction industry. Here are a few helpful facts which will dispel any concerns surrounding BIM.

BIM Facts: True or False?

1. BIM only applies to main contractors and Tier 1 organisations

False - BIM applies to all organisations, not just large companies. All organisations should be prepared to demonstrate their BIM capabilities, to BIM Level 2, in order to deliver public sector projects. Main contractors will also require sub-contractors to be able to demonstrate their capability to deliver projects against BIM.

2. BIM is only for Government projects

False - Whilst BIM is a requirement for public sector projects, it doesn’t just apply to Government projects. Achieving certification for and operating against BIM Level 2 can provide your business with a distinct advantage over your competitors. Digital technology can improve the efficiency and accuracy of your design and construction methods for private projects too.

3. BIM is too complicated to understand

False - Stroma Certification has developed a BIM Foundations Training course to provide organisations with an understanding of the principles, methodology and practical application of BIM for the construction industry. We can simplify the BIM process and help you to outline your BIM capabilities to enable you to work within the parameters of Level 2 BIM and the associated standards.

4. BIM is the same as 3D Modelling

False - Whilst 3D Modelling is a vital part of BIM, there are many other aspects which are involved. BIM is a collaborative process between the entire construction supply chain, including owners, architects, engineers, contractors and all professionals in the construction industry. Whilst it enables design and construction teams to contribute to 3D Models of the built environment, it also allows them to communicate the data and information of all built assets across a varied range of digital levels. It is important that the supply chain are BIM ready to manage and comply with the BIM strategy, as well as having an understanding of 3D Modelling. The supply chain should recognise that even if they are not contributing to the 3D model, they are still supplying or taking information from the Project Information Model (PIM).

5. BIM will lose its importance in the construction industry

False - BIM has been becoming increasingly prevalent within the construction industry and its influence on the built environment is predicted to continue to expand. With the construction industry being expected to grow by 70% by 2025, it is crucial that BIM is integrated into all construction processes to ensure projects are completed on time and with minimal inaccuracies and costs. BIM is so important for the construction industry that it is now a UK Government requirement for organisations to comply with BIM Level 2, including PAS 1192-2, for all public sector construction projects. Digitising information is the future, and it’s happening now.

6. I can achieve BIM Level 2 compliance by adopting a single standard

False - BIM Level 2 is made up of multiple standards and requirements. Complying with just one standard does not mean that you are BIM Level 2 compliant. Given the variety of services in the supply chain, surveying, design, construction, installation, management and operation of a built asset, the relevance and interpretation of BIM can vary between each construction discipline’s service. Stroma Certification monitors the industry to shape our BIM Foundations Training and BIM Certification Scheme to support the construction industry in achieving the relevant standards.

Stroma Certification provides a BIM Foundations Training course and BIM Certification Scheme to support organisations in the construction industry to achieve BIM Level 2. Find out more throughout our website or call our team on 01977 665 420 (ext.603).

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