BIM for Users

BIM for Users


BIM at its foundation is simply an open format for storing construction related information. To extract value from BIM it requires the BIM information to be created, stored on an accessible hub (BIMserver) and made available to stakeholders who are able to utilise it as a foundation to their downstream information needs.

The BIM hub is more than a document management system, it stores IFC (the BIM file format) files as a merged pool (think the contents of many files being merged into one). Because its merged it, it can then be tested and provide tailored (filtered) information views.

The illustration above is not exhaustive and supplementary descriptions for all other stakeholders are listed below.

Developers Owners Engineers Insurers Surveyors Designers

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  • Planners

    The ability to rationalise a schedule, minimise risk and improve communication can only be achieved by leveraging design to its fullest. Creating such a connection frees Planners to maximises the application of their experience and expertise.

    • Drive schedules from design and rates
    • Simulate construction
    • Validate both design & tasks
  • Estimators

    Rapidly generate schedules, benefit from more accurate BOM’s and work more effectively with other stakeholders whose decisions are better supported. BIM as a framework facilitates consistent classification which is central to the correct application of rates be it on a project level or across the wider business.

    • Ability to rationalise cost (extrapolation vs. derived)
    • Reduction in effort required to measure
    • Link procurement decisions to design & planning
  • Designers

    The value of any design can be rapidly lost when it gets published; downstream users are commonly required to re-interpret design to add back in the richness it may or could have originally contained.

    • Create meaningful design outputs
    • Work concurrently, avoid uncoordinated design
    • Validate design continually and systematically
  • Insurers

    Project insurance exists as an antidote to risk which itself is introduced from a lack of visibility, poor design and humans ability to be unpredictable. BIM can drive down these premiums by being an information platform from which specialist tools can serve up, derive and/or extrapolate data providing greater visibility. The primary effect will first be felt in design stages of a project where the quality of data produced will start to be questioned as never before.

    • Require and assure quality by validation
    • Expect extrapolation to become derivation
    • Offer gain share for qualified continuous improvement

  • Owners

    Cost and time predicatbility for project delivery and delivered facitilty performance are key to descisions to invest. The ability to rationalise and understand projects is achieved by creating an information pool where all facets can be pulled together to allow necessary checks and analysis to be brought to bear. This information is the foundation of all facts and extrapolations where assumptions remain.

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  • Surveyors

    Generating survey information is a common task, survey data is also the foundation for most deign however these information sets are often not merged with other design information to facilitate testing between them, reporting of change and other value added processes. Significant value exists in creating and maintaining a common information pool that can not only draw on original data but also receive updates during project delivery and long after where ongoing monitoring may be required for instance.

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  • Developers

    When the profitability of a project is the differece between what you expected to spend and what a project finished up costing; the ability to achieve more certain returns is a valuable commodity.

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