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NBS, which is part of RIBA Enterprises, has been awarded the contract to develop a new toolkit for Building Information Modelling (BIM)
The free-to-use toolkit, which is expected to be introduced in 2015, will act as an online checking system verifying that BIM models contain the right amount of information.
It will include a digital plan of work and a classification system which incorporates definitions for over 5,000 construction objects.
The NBS team, which also includes BIM Academy, BDP, Laing O’Rourke, Microsoft and Newcastle University, was awarded the contract after a two-stage government-run contest.
The project is said to be ‘vital’ in the run up to the adoption of level two BIM on all government projects by 2016.
Stephen Hamil, director of design and innovation at NBS said: ‘Delivery of a best-in-class digital toolkit that completes Level 2 BIM is a vital component of the government’s strategy for the construction industry which will deliver huge benefits.
He added: ‘Our credentials as innovators in BIM were established with the launch of the NBS National BIM Library and NBS Create, the first BIM specification tool. We look forward to leading this key BIM development.’
David Philp, head of BIM at the UK BIM Task Group, said: ‘The completion of the Digital Plan of Works (DPow) and classification system will not only complete the Level 2 BIM suite but help drive the take-up of BIM, support exploitation of the standards and ensure that the UK remains at the vanguard of a digital transformation in the built environment.’
The news of the contract comes as NBS launched the first standard specification for BIM objects.
The lack of standardisation of BIM objects has been expressed as a major obstacle for practices taking up BIM. But the new standards will define what makes a high quality BIM object while making sure they are consistent both in content and structure.
Ian Chapman, director of the National BIM Library said: ‘It’s difficult to overstate the significance of this new standard: lack of standardised objects has been a huge barrier to BIM adoption which has been removed at a stroke. As we move towards 2016, we’ll be working with representatives from right across the industry to develop it further.
‘Our vision is for the entire UK construction industry to have access to BIM objects that can be used freely, safe in the knowledge that they contain the same levels of information with the appropriate geometry all wrapped up in a consistent and highly useable format.’
He added: ‘The BIM landscape is evolving and the market needs good quality generic and manufacturers’ BIM objects. Designers creating their own objects for practice and project-specific purposes can now do so to a common standard enabling greater collaboration, efficiency and more meaningful information exchange. Client groups, as well as project managers will also feel the benefit as they can be confident that the quality of BIM objects included within their project models is suitable.’
Article by Laura Mark
Think you have good excuses for not trying Building Information Modelling (BIM) yet? I’ve heard them all: It's too hard. It's too expensive. I don't need it. But those are just excuses, not reasons. In fact, I bet you're more ready than you think you are. Here are five reasons why.
1. You Already Think in BIM
You might not know it, but you already use BIM—at least the “building information” part. When you’re designing a building, you don’t think in 2D lines. You think in real-world objects—walls, windows, doors, floors. You know how they fit together, what their relationships should be, what elements support other elements. And you know what? BIM does, too. Because BIM is object-based, everything in your model “knows” what it is. Walls act like walls, doors act like doors. They’re not just collections of lines. This means that you can manipulate them in ways that relate to their real-world behavior, and that flow logically from your design workflow.
2. BIM Improves Coordination
In any building industry—architecture, engineering, construction—you need to be able to understand what’s going on in three dimensions. If you move a wall in a plan, you need to know what that does to your elevations. If you change the size of your floor beams, you need to know how that affects your sections. BIM helps you manage that, with live sections and elevations that instantly reflect changes in other views. Yes, you might still have to chase a change through a few different views, but you’ll immediately be able to see the changes—and that will save you time down the road.
As an example, a few weeks ago I was adding dunnage framing to the roof of a mall. I finished the plan, then checked it in 3D. Turns out there was another level of steel immediately above my framing (not visible in the original plan), and it was interfering with the dunnage posts. The 3D coordination meant we could fix it during design—if we’d been working in 2D, we might not have found this until we got into the field.
3. BIM Takes Care of the Details
In addition to the live section coordination, BIM also helps you with the housekeeping tasks for keeping a drawing set tidy. Need to change a detail number? No problem: Just change it on the sheet, and every reference is automatically updated. Same if you need to change a sheet number or update a drawing list. (Imagine, no more coordinating sheet indexes!) What if you need to change the scale of a plan or detail? Again, no problem! Simply choose your scale from the list, and all your annotations (notes, dimensions, fill patterns) will automatically adjust to the correct size.
4. BIM is Good for Business
BIM is not new technology anymore. In fact, Revit software has more than ten years’ worth of history (although I’m not sure you’d recognize the earliest versions compared to today’s software). As its adoption grows, you’re probably getting more and more requests for BIM from your clients. Imagine if your response could be, “Oh, sure, I model in 3D all the time.” Do you think they’d be impressed?
And it’s not just about documentation. Having your building modeled in 3D provides an instant source for visualizations of the finished product. You can work with the in-product views, or use other software or services to create presentation-quality graphics straight from your model.
The building industry is becoming increasingly technology-driven, and BIM will help you keep up with it.
5. BIM is an Investment Worth Making
Make no mistake: Transitioning to a BIM workflow is an investment, both in terms of time and money. Yes, there’s a learning curve. Yes, you will probably spend more time on your model at first than you’re used to. Yes, it costs more than the 2D CAD program you’re using now. But how much is your time worth?
When you divide the cost of software by the number of hours you save with it over the course of a year, you may find that what initially seems like an expensive purchase is actually an excellent value. Especially after your initial purchase, you can probably pay for the software maintenance/subscription with just a few hours of billable time per year. This requires a bit of long-term thinking because you will have to spend time learning before you can save time working, but don’t forget the other ways you save time. Every coordination issue you solve in design is one that you won’t get a call from the field about later.
Keeping up with the latest technology, impressing your clients with models and images, and all the advantages of a 3D workflow—in the end, BIM is an investment worth making.
Are you planning on moving to BIM, or have you already started using it?
by: Kate Morrical | 04/16/2013 | www.lineshapespace.com
Getting Clients, Colleagues, and Management to Adopt BIM Technology
If you’re reading this, chances are you’re already convinced of the benefits that BIM can bring to your workflow and your business. But you don’t work in a vacuum—you have clients and consultants, colleagues, and management that need to be persuaded, too. No matter how good your technical skills are, you won’t get a successful BIM technology transition plan without buy-in from all groups.
1. Your Clients and Consultants. These days, if you’re considering BIM, your clients are probably on board already. They may have even made the initial request for BIM. For your consultants, simply put the expectation out there: “We’re using Revit on this project, and we request that you will, too.” Then decide if it’s a deal breaker. If your usual MEP engineer isn’t ready to move to 3D, can you work with him or her anyway? Can the owner? Or is it time to find a BIM-ready firm?
If you can get the whole team signed up for BIM, remember that with great technology comes great responsibility—for communication. Have a BIM kickoff meeting, schedule regular check-ins with the people actually working on the models, and don’t be afraid to pick up the phone if you have questions.
And if your clients or consultants aren’t using BIM, don’t let that stop you. If it makes sense for the project and your discipline, go ahead with your 3D model. You can always export 2D CAD files and PDFs to share with the rest of the team.
2. Your Team. How many BIM rock stars do you have at your firm? If it’s just you, it may be time to recruit some more—whether by training internally or hiring externally. Start a list with your colleagues of your favorite BIM blogs and discussion groups. Consider starting an in-house Revit group. (More on that in my next article.) Find your Local User Group and start attending meetings. Watch Autodesk University classes. Show off the things you learn back at the office, and if you’re excited about a new feature, don’t try to hide it! Enthusiasm is contagious, and the more people you have on your side, the more backers you’ll have when you take your case for BIM to management. Speaking of which…
3. Your Management. Getting management on board with a BIM plan is crucial—and tricky. Managers probably aren’t day-to-day BIM users, so they’re not as aware of the practical issues as the regular modelers. But they’re also in charge of the budget, so they see the time and money adding up.
I’ll say it outright: You’ll never convince everybody. Some people can see only the costs of BIM, not the benefits. And yes, they often have data from less-than-successful projects to back them up. So instead of focusing on ROI—which, for your first few BIM projects, is often not high—you can present lessons learned from previous projects, and outline the steps you plan to take to avoid those issues in the future
Above all, keep up the communication. Hold regular internal status meetings to share challenges and successes on active projects. Invite your managers to your internal Revit meetings so they can see specifically what issues your group is tackling. Share articles on the best practices for BIM, and explain how they do (or don’t) apply to your workflow.
by: Kate Morrical | 02/21/2014 | www.lineshapespace.com
The move from 2D drawings to 3D models is well underway and gaining steam in the architectural, engineering, and construction industry, thanks to tangible bottom-line returns from streamlined workflows.
The model-based approach increases efficiency within individual organizations, and truly shines during coordinated project delivery. Following are the top 10 benefits of building information modeling that speak to efficiencies all along the project lifecycle.
1. Capturing Reality. The wealth of information that’s easily accessible about project sites has expanded greatly with better mapping tools and images of Earth. Today, project starts include aerial imagery and digital elevation, along with laser scans of existing infrastructure, accurately capturing reality and greatly streamlining project preparations. All this input gets compiled and shared in a model in a way that paper couldn’t capture.
2. Streamlined Workflows. With a shared model, there’s less need for redraws and far less duplication of drawings for the different requirements of building disciplines. The model contains much more information than a drawing set, allowing each discipline to annotate and connect their intelligence to the project. BIM drawing tools are faster than 2D drawing tools, and each object is connected to a database. The database aids such steps as the number and size of windows for quantity takeoffs that are updated automatically as the model evolves. The quick computerized counting of components alone has been a great labor and money saver.
3. Version Control. The digital model-based workflow involves such aids as autosave and connections to project history so that users can be certain they’ve captured their time spent working on the model. The connection to the history of the model’s evolution avoids disastrous disappearances or corruption of files that can make blood boil and impinge productivity.
4. Improved Collaboration. Sharing models is infinitely easier than drawing sets as there are a lot of functions that are possible only through a digital workflow. Much of this added project-management functionality is now being delivered through the cloud, such as Autodesk’s BIM 360 solutions. Here, there are tools for different disciplines to share their complex project models and to coordinate integration and review among their peers. Review and markup steps ensure that everyone has had input on the evolution of the design, and that they are all ready to execute when the concept is finalized and moves forward in construction.
5. Rules-Based Simulation. There are an increasing number of simulation tools that allow designers to visualize such things as the sun throughout the seasons or to quantify and calculate building energy performance. The intelligence of the software to apply rules that are based on physics and best practices provides a complement for the engineer and other experts. The software is able to do so much more of the analysis and modeling to achieve peak performance, condensing knowledge and rules into a service that can run with the click of a button.
6. Conflict Resolution. The BIM toolset helps automate clash detection of such elements as electrical conduit or ductwork that run into a beam. By modeling all of these things first, clashes are discovered early, and costly on-site clashes are reduced. The model also ensures the perfect fit of elements that are manufactured off-site, allowing for these components to be easily bolted into place rather than created on-site.
7. Streamlined Sequencing. With a model and an accurate set of sub-models for each step along a project’s construction, the next step is a coordinated sequencing of steps, materials, and crews for quick and efficient construction. The model facilitates the coordination of steps and processes, delivering a predictable path to the expected outcome, complete with animations.
8. Detailed Documents. The model is a great end point for a lot of knowledge transfer, but there’s also a need to share a traditional plan, section, and elevation, as well as other reports. These added sheets are easily automated and customized rather than a time-consuming drafting effort.
9. Perfect Presentation. With all of the design being done on a capture and alteration of existing reality, the model is the ultimate communication tool to convey the project scope, steps, and outcome. The fact that the design is all in 3D also means that there are fewer steps to render impressive views and fly-throughs that can be used to sell commercial space or to gain necessary regulatory approvals.
10. Portable Information. The added benefit of a model that’s tied to a database is that you have a great deal of intelligence at your fingertips. Combining this capability with the cloud, as with Autodesk’s BIM 360 Field solution, means that you have access to the model and project details from anywhere on any device.
by: Matt Ball | 08/14/2014 | www.lineshapespace.com