Posted by: Joe Croser | October 4, 2010

BIM to become part of public procurement process

Well, well, well, who’d a thought that BIM would be mandated by the UK government?

OK, so i am exaggerating a bit; so far it’s only “indicated” that it will become a “key part of the procurement” process for government buildings – not quite “mandated” yet. But that’s only a matter of time.

So, if you like me are asking, “Why force different workflows on teams?” – When we all know that workflow = safety. “Why force change?” – When ‘change’ itself is usually the cause of increased fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD). “Why do anything to risk the rate of productivity?” – in the name of productivity gain. The answer: because the potential productivity gain is greater than the likely loss; it’s an intelligent gamble.

For a long time folks have suggested that BIM is a big deal, and it is. BIM is a big deal because it is hard work; BIM requires forethought, planning, and a deeper level of investment as the design model unfolds. You can’t “fudge” a BIM model like you can a “flat” drawing. That’s why BIM has proven itself to eliminate errors earlier in the project cycle to save money and reduce on-site risk.

Our previous blog post highlighted these very same benefits, realised by Architect Helen Seymour-Smith when comparing her BIM model with new 3D laser scans of “just-built” items to eliminate errors on site.

This got us thinking; the route to realising maximum BIM efficiency on brownfield projects is by integrating BIM models with point cloud models. Without accurate context the BIM model cannot be fully relied upon to eliminate errors. But with point cloud models – captured quickly, and used reliably, as “context” – BIM models can and will deliver productivity gains, as intended. And the best bit? Users no longer need to waste time modeling context that they never get paid to model.

For further details on this announcement check out Anna Winston’s article in BDOnline.

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