BIM: Anything you can do, I can do better…

Niraj Mistry, Head of BIM (Stroma Certification) & Upskilling Stream Lead (UK BIM Alliance) encourages industry to innovate through Building Information Modelling (BIM).

The title is not meant to be egotistical, nor suggesting throwing your ego about saying “anything you can do, I can do better” - I am talking about reflecting on the wealth of construction and asset data available to you.

With the increasing use of BIM, you have case studies galore!

As a Graduate Engineer, I’d look at case studies of work carried out to inspire myself for potential solutions I had not considered.

I would then go on to trawl through project folders looking to find solutions that work. There would be a lot of head-scratching and screwing up of my face involved.

There is no point reinventing the wheel and all that. I would also rely on experienced engineers to draw upon their problem-solving skills and the foresight for why a solution I had in mind would not work. You could call this internal collaboration; something which needed to be done to show that you had a mindful approach to your project work.

Today, those doing BIM have all that information at their fingertips, and it can be scrutinised to the nth degree. I would have been grateful to have this information at my disposal.

Having Project Information Models (PIM) or Asset Information Models (AIM) available to use gives us further opportunities to push the boundaries of innovation. The quality of design and innovation is on the increase, and we should be looking at thinking: “Well that works, but what more can I do to make a significant difference?”

With this attitude, surely, we can start making some headway towards the Government’s aspirations in Construction 2025 - 33% lower cost, 50% faster delivery, 50% lower emissions & 50% improvements in exports.

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