Are you ready for 2016? #BIM

Just in case you are not a member of this Lindked in Group I have reposted it here, but sign up and enter the discussion on A post on Linkedin from  BArch MRIAI, Managing Partner, ArcDox

There is only 1 year to go, until the 2016 UK government BIM mandate requiring all centrally procured public projects to use BIM level 2 to PAS1192 standard ( You may find this checklist useful, of what you need to know regarding the requirements (relevant even if you don’t work in the UK, as there are projects in Ireland with similar requirements). BIM Level 2 Checklist 1. – You can respond to “BIM capability questions” in Pre-Qualification Questionnaires (PQQ), (as example see Table 8 in PAS91:2013 as 2. – You can understand and respond to the EIR (Employers Information Requirements), a document setting out the clients BIM objectives and deliverables. See here for more details You may be required to assist in writing an EIR (where it doesn’t exist), to clarify BIM requirements as early as possible. In situations where you are the “employer” (eg contractor/sub-contractor relationship), you will have to be able to write an information requirement that will ensure that your supply chain are making information contributions that are compatible with the overall BIM strategy. 3. – As a designer/contractor, your response to the EIR is the preparation of a pre-contract (pre-appointment) BIM Execution Plan (BEP) Document, setting out your strategy to deliver, together with BIM capability assessments (resources, IT etc) ( 4. – You should be willing, and be aware of the implications, of having a BIM Protocol appended to your contact/appointment, setting out the roles, rights, responsibilities and obligations for the BIM process (see template CIC UK BIM protocol here: – check this with your solicitors). 5. – You should be aware of the implications, and make your PI insurers aware that you are participating in BIM projects. (See guidance here: 6. – You should understand and be aware of the scope of service require for each stage according to the new RIBA or CIC Plan of Work. (details here: 7. – Once appointed, you will have to prepare/manage or contribute to a Post-contract BIM Execution Plan (BEP) and Master Information Delivery Plan (MIDP), setting out who will produce what information at each stage, to what level of development, what level of information (LOI), and to what level of detail (LOD). 8. – You may be required to take on the role of “Project Information Manager” for either design or construction stage and manage and/or host the Common Data Environment (CDE) (the scope of the role is defined here: In terms of interacting with the CDE, you will need to understand the filenaming, folder structures and approvals processes set out in BS1192

9. – You will need to have the ability to receive, open, navigate, query, analyse, review and comment on BIM data. (Free BIM viewers: Autodesk Design Review, Bentley Navigator, Graphisoft BIMx, Solibri Model Viewer, Tekla BIMsight, xBIM explorer etc) If you are client-facing or a project leader attending meetings, you will need the ability to navigate and show your model. You may be required to participate in BIM coordination reviews (clash detection). 10. – You will need to have the ability to produce, manage and share, any information you are required to contribute to the project, in a BIM format, including open IFC format (industry foundation classes), also including the ability to provide COBie (construction building operations information exchange) Digital Data drops at the required stages. Your data will have to be organized and structured using BS1192/PAS1192/BS8541 standards, Uniclass2 classification, and you will have to contribute your Data to the project Common Data Environment (CDE). Someone in your team will have to take on the role of Task Information Manager, to liaise/coordinate with the overall Project Information Manager and interact with the CDE. 11. – You may be required to provide extended analysis and use of BIM, such as clash detection, programme analysis (4D), cost analysis and quantity take-off (5D) structural analysis, energy performance analysis, sustainability (6D), lighting analysis, systems analysis, pedestrian movement or evacuation analysis, operational or whole lifecycle cost analysis, enhanced visualization, use of BIM for FM/operations etc, etc You should have a continued program of R&D (research and development) to develop the required skills within your business, and also to explore how BIM can be further leveraged to improve your business performance and offering to clients.

About Shaun Farrell

I have been involved in the construction sector since 1986 and over the years I have seen things change dramatically. Much of the change has been directly as a result of technology. This blog will be about the key combinations of People, Process and Technology. Any views expressed here are strictly my own.
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