Why BIM competence is a must for installers

There are areas of the construction industry where BIM is becoming a commonly spoken term. In others, however’ the concept of Building Information Modelling (BIM) is either very new or entirely unknown. To an extent the industry is playing catch-up with itself and it is vital that installers aren’t left behind when the runners and riders start jockeying for position.

Since April last year, BIM (or compliance to the BS & PAS 1192 series) has been a requirement of any construction project funded by central government. Almost three quarters of all construction projects in the UK are publically funded. That’s a huge quantity of work potentially out of reach for installers who lack the proper understanding of BIM.

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Why is BIM important for installers?

The reason that BIM is so important for the future of the construction industry is in its ability to save money and improve efficiency on a project. The way this is achieved is that the different contributors on a project must be more effective in working together. This means more collaboration during the planning, construction and operational phases of a project in line with the UK Government BIM mandate. As one of the key players within this project lifecycle there is a responsibility on installers to prove their BIM capabilities.

BIM and coordinated working

BIM is concerned with the process of structuring data about a built asset into a common data environment so that any project participant is aware of the requirements when submitting data at key milestones during the lifecycle. This data is digital, removing the inaccuracy and inefficiency of paper based working. By having only one store of data it means that all the different facilities and systems within the built asset are feeding into it and can be analysed in conjunction to help in decision making.

Installers as part of the Task Team

There are a number of different roles defined by BIM as being key to the project lifecycle. Installers would become part of the Task Team since the data created during an installer’s work is incorporated into the building model. In other words an installer creates information which is vital to maintaining the eventual operation of the built asset. This information, whether about the electrics or plumbing or gas works, is ultimately incorporated into what’s called the Asset Information Model (or AIM). The AIM is used throughout the lifecycle of a built asset to assist in maintaining its performance. It is no surprise, therefore, that this information must be accurate.

Book a BIM Foundations training course

Stroma Certification is committed to ensuring installers are ready to access new work opportunities which will be created by BIM. Our BIM Foundations training course is designed to offer an overview of Building Information Modelling and explain how the Task Team and other roles work together to bring efficiencies and savings to the construction industry.

You can enquire and book a BIM Foundations training course on our website.

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