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Jan 17 2014

Let’s forget the three letters in BIM!

Take a step back from the hype, spin and lies to concentrate on only the “I”.
It does not matter whether we call it “information” or “data” these are facts plan and simple. The cumulative effect of capturing facts is the development of knowledge and as we all know knowledge is power.
So let’s forget we ever heard those three little letters for one moment because they often cause confusion and consternation amongst the potential benefices – the architect, the contractor and the owner. Soon everybody loses sight of the benefits of capturing data from brief to handover from any project, any size and any type.

The benefit of capturing the data is the development of knowledge which can be used again and again on new projects which in fact is nothing new in the healthcare sector, it’s now that other building types are catching up. With each new project the continued expansion, refining and development of general and building type equipment libraries, room zone and or space templates, cost data, supplier data, location data and asset data.
I hear you saying all buildings are different and we always have to start from a blank sheet of paper. The development of equipment libraries and room templates will never ever be 100% the same for each project even of the same type unless you’re really lucky and its really is exactly the same type of building.

The capture and management of data in equipment libraries and room templates will probably only every give you a starting position where 80% of the data is right but 80% has to be a massive improvement over the current situation where little or no data is reused.
Yes there has to be an investment in software, training, implementation, hardware and in some cases people and a change to the organisational structure to achieve an effective workflow which allows the capture and reuse of data and the cost benefits, aka ROI, are downstream and pay back will be achieved over a number of years.

We can band figures around about how high the ROI if you implement this workflow. Exact figures are hard to come by due to the many factors effecting an organisations cost base – all organisations are different, how much internal inertia to change there is and it depends where in the lifecycle an organisation adopts this workflow.

The bottom line is the capture and collection of data to create knowledge of future project makes business sense and the ability to exchange with other partners in the design and building process enhances further the efficiency returns, reduces costs and increase profits.

whether you purchase CodeBookPro V12 or one of our competitors you will implement a solution to manage all your data outside Revit or other BIM solutions. BIM is a process comprising of number enabling products to achieve a true BIM workflow.
You have all been there before as I was reminded at local BIM Hub yesterday when you moved from drawing boards to CAD. The same things where being said then about CAD as they are about BIM – no clients wanted it, nobody want to invest because it was expensive and nobody wanted to change, the method they had worked. But change you did and then everybody saw the benefits. Those that didn’t change went out of business. And yes, we couldn’t design and construct building in the timescales we do today without CAD and BIM will have a similar impact on timescales.

CodeBook has been at the centre of BIM developments even before it was called BIM and the concept was developed for all building types. We have been capturing and managing data for nearly 20 years with our roots in healthcare sector where there has been a long-term demand for the management of complex datasets – 15,000 rooms, 500,000 pieces of equipment which equals around 60 million data points. Try managing this volume of data with spreadsheets without being bi-directionally sync’d with Revit.
Dataset aren’t going to get smaller they are going to grow and grow as the benefits of data capture and management become widely accepted across all building type as the most efficiency way to design and operate buildings.
CodeBookPro V12 is the most powerful solution on the market delivering data capture and management for today and tomorrow.

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