The factors that influence the adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) vary from country to country and organisation to organisation. Consequently, solutions to the issues raised will also differ, depending on the context.
Since the 1930s, the UK government has engaged groups of consultants to explore specific problems concerning the Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. The reports compiled form guidelines that enable the industry to change the way it operates (Designing Buildings Wiki 2018).
Findings from the Latham report
One of these reports is The Latham Report published in 1994, also referred to as Constructing the Team (a downloadable PDF resource is available at the end of this step).
The report, commissioned by the UK government to investigate recurring problems within the construction sector, documented the findings of the team, led by Sir John Michael Latham. The team focussed on the problems relating to the procurement and contractual arrangements in the UK construction industry.
Based on the findings of the commissioners, the Latham report saw the industry as ineffective, adversarial, fragmented and incapable of delivering for its customers (Latham 1994: 76).
The need for a client-oriented approach
The Latham report stated that the industry needed to focus more on clients when addressing issues. Additionally, Latham suggested that the industry move away from the competitive adversarial nature, and instead adopt an integrated ethos with a greater focus on partnering and teamwork.
For example, regarding contracts, the report underscored a need for a precise and clear definition of the contracts agreed between professionals, the aim being to make sure that all parties involved had a proper understanding of the terms and contexts.
BIM not only enables greater efficiency in the way we manage projects in design and construction but also emphasises the client-oriented approach. On BIM projects, a significant effort needs to be made to establish client requirements early.
The need for team integration
Another recommendation by Latham, to integrate the team, can also be helped by implementing BIM; bringing the team together to model projects, define requirements and exchange information.
As BIM continues to improve and becomes increasingly popular throughout the AEC industry, it has enabled organisations to better address persistent organisational weaknesses in areas such as procurement.
BIM provides a means for efficient procurement of construction projects through information/data availability and management. Organisations are also able to share information faster and more efficiently, reducing delays in procurement processes.
Share examples from your own country where BIM is being used.
If BIM is not being used in your country, why do you think this is?
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Latham, M. (1994) Constructing the Team: Final Report of the Government/Industry Review of Procurement and Contractual Arrangements in the UK Construction Industry [online] available from http://constructingexcellence.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Constructing-the-team-The-Latham-Report.pdf [7 June 2018]
Designing Buildings Wiki (2018) Construction Industry Reports [online] available from https://www.designingbuildings.co.uk/wiki/Construction_industry_reports [1 August 2018]
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