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Jul 08 2014

Key to BIM’s success is shared data in a collaborative workflow

Key to BIM’s success is shared data in a collaborative workflow

I read the intriguing titled “BIM for the terrified” guide from the NBS today. It gives a potted history of development of BIM, a clear rationale why it’s essential in the design, construction and operations and its key features:

  1. Collaboration across the industry
  2. Engagement through the entire life-cycle of the building
  3. Collation and exchange of information in common format
  4. Shared three-dimensional models
  5. Intelligent, structured databases

It points out “structured data is perhaps the single most important feature of BIM”.  I would argue it’s not “perhaps” it’s essential”.

For BIM to be successful the above list needs to be reordered in order of importance and additional comments are required:

  1. Intelligent structured database containing non-graphical data for with rooms, zones, spaces, equipment, doors, MEP where the Meta data is centralised, sanitized, rationalized and validated allowing the linking all the 3-D models together using a common data set
  2. Clear understanding by all parties about what level of data is to be collected, when it should be collected, by whom, the level of accuracy required
  3. Take collective responsibility to check data if its felt its incorrect check back with the author correcting when necessary
  4. Collect and capture of data only once at the most appropriate time in the design to operation cycle

5.  Collate and exchange of information using existing industry standard common data formats such as Excel, Access and SQL

6.  Ensure data isn’t obscured or redacted

7.  Without the above 6 collaboration across the industry in practice can’t take place

8.  Not everybody working in the BIM process needs access to the shared 3-D models and there is a heavy workload completed outside the 3-D Models

The above highlights the importance of using the right tool to capture, manage and validate all the non-graphical data across all the rooms, zones and spaces, doors, equipment and MEP across all the 3-D Models in one central project database.

CodeBook Pro’s delivers an intelligent, structured, centralised database solution to meet the ever expanding data management to capture, manage and validate building data across all projects sizes from small to large in every building type by professionals in architecture, engineering, construction and owners across the globe.

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