BCIS has been a pioneer in the development of IT-based applications from the launch of BCIS Online in 1994, to the web-based service in 2000, to the new online delivery channels launched in 2012.

Why BIM? Why now?

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is an idea that has been around for a long time; it has now moved from niche capability to general competence.

What’s changed is that the government’s UK Construction Strategy has advocated BIM as a key part of achieving the 20% saving in procurement costs they are seeking to achieve – and created a tremendous ‘pull’ to make BIM a reality. It expects ‘the industry’ to help ‘push’ the acceleration of adoption and utilisation of the model by providing information; standards; training; and the infrastructure. This could involve profound changes to the way in which designers, constructors and suppliers work.

The government strategy does not address the technology issues but will specify what data it expects to be available from the BIM at different stages in the project and the form in which they should be delivered (COBie). So for the government BIM is about collaborative working and information, not about the technology.

What are the opportunities presented by BIM?

The opportunities presented by BIM are driven by the prospect of predictable client demand for BIM, better and more integrated tools and more scope for collaborative working through an integrated project delivery team model.

For construction consultants there is a need to get information out of the BIM in the standard way so that we can benchmark it – providing information which is contextual and quality assured – expanded to incorporate carbon data (operational and embodied) and maintenance, FM and life cycle requirements to allow us to manage built assets better.

BIM will apply to infrastructure projects and building projects, UK and internationally.

We are still going to need people to interpret the data and know how to use it. We also need to make sure that we can provide cost data, carbon data and lifecycle data that will reflect the information that goes into and comes out of a BIM supported by improved application interfaces for integrated working.

Unlocking this latent value of BIM could be a step change – in the same way elemental cost planning was 50 years ago. Just as cost planning required information to be collected and delivered in a new format, so will BIM.

BCIS Role in BIM

As pioneers of web-based data delivery to construction, BCIS is striving to be a key player in BIM's development, providing services to enable practitioners to benefit from the productivity and speed of response that the BIM process can offer.

BCIS are actively engaged by supplying BIM solution software providers with data. They are at the forefront of BIM developments for building, infrastructure, FM and embodied carbon cost benchmarking to ensure that the information we supply is relevant in this new environment.

To discuss your BIM needs or to explore opportunities, please contact Cos Kamasho .

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