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19 SEP 2018

BIM - Increasing productivity in construction

The number of projects around the world being delivered and managed using Building Information Modelling (BIM), is growing. BIM gives professionals the insight and the tools to effectively plan, design, construct, maintain and operate buildings and infrastructure. But what are the practical benefits of using BIM?

Just one integrated BIM model, shared with all parties can save project teams thousands of man hours. It brings together all the information about every component of a building, in one place, making it easier for everyone to access. Kaarin Kalavus, Senior BIM Consultant at Turner & Townsend International, believes that the key outcome from using BIM, is the visualisation of engineering data, which leads to a better understanding of complex design by all project stakeholders. 

“Obviously, the key to BIM, what differentiates it from 3D model, is the information within it. Information associated with every model element can transform how project teams work and project outputs are produced. This enables faster project turnaround, higher productivity and reduction of errors.” Kaarin Kalavus

By producing a carbon map, BIM incorporates the cost of sourcing, shipping materials and operational usage. It can also highlight design flaws, making it easier for the teams to recognise and rectify the problems before the construction phase begins. Nicky Dobreanu, Senior Quantity Surveyor at C-Quest, a division of KEO International Consultants, affirmed that “BIM allows professionals to be more organised and deliver projects in a timely manner, with better quality and reduced costs. More importantly, it assists owners and facility managers in deriving added value to operations throughout the asset lifecycle”.

What does this mean for the future of the built environment? By reducing waste, it can lower the environmental impact of the construction sector. If BIM is applied to the industry effectively, it could then allow the built environment sector to accomplish the same productivity gains as the aerospace, automotive, and manufacturing industries.

Lack of experienced professionals

Whilst the use of BIM is growing, it has not fully matured in the region and project managers are the ones who have it in their hands to fill the gap. But this can only be done when the project managers themselves are well-versed on the ins and outs of how BIM works and how it can be used to reach maximum output for the project. As an ultimate enabler for effective integration, it becomes paramount for project managers to understand how to harness and operate BIM correctly for their projects.

To aid the project managers in implementing BIM effectively and successfully deliver projects, RICS launched the Certificate in Building Information Modelling (BIM): Project Management. This course aims to provide them with a complete knowledge of the BIM process, guiding them through each major project stage through a simulated BIM Project’s lifecycle. At each phase of the course, the trainer will guide the professionals to build their confidence in executing BIM methodology effectively. The aim is to fully equip project managers with the practical tools and methods required at each stage of the process, so they can successfully execute BIM on projects.

Kaarin, who has taken the course, stated that the lack of experienced and qualified practitioners is a major obstacle for successful BIM implementation in the region and swiftly developing BIM technology and methods of working are causing professionals to become under-qualified. “Under-qualified or inexperienced practitioners are generally not able to understand and appreciate the benefits BIM provides and therefore are reluctant to embrace new ways of working and technology.”

She affirmed that her key reason for undertaking the RICS Certificate for BIM Project Management, was to gain relevant and up to date knowledge of BIM practice, therefore maintaining a competitive edge in the marketplace, gaining credibility among clients.

To achieve higher understanding of BIM and take advantage of the technological opportunities it presents, RICS’ BIM Manager Certification is the next step forward. This Certification, developed in collaboration with leading industry figures, signifies the expert skills and competence of construction professionals using BIM in the market. It provides managers with the status to market themselves as qualified practitioners and grant them elevated access to work opportunities.

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The Certification allows me to work on some of the most challenging projects in the region, as I am able to demonstrate robust BIM knowledge and experience to both existing and potential Clients. It also helps me in getting more work, since I am listed on the RICS website amongst the first few Certified BIM Managers worldwide. As BIM continues to dominate processes across the built environment, I would encourage BIM practitioners to start their journey to this BIM certification.

Nicky Dobreanu

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