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BIM case studies

Watch the video to understand how the three different organisations implemented BIM within their teams.
The main driver for BIM implementation in our business initially was our customers. So, it was customers like Birmingham City University. The main driver for implementing BIM within BCU is the structured information delivery approach offered by a template such as BIM level two. When applying BIM consistently on all projects we essentially collect a database of the entire estate, it’s consistent and has integrity. This data helps plan our facilities management, our maintenance planning or space planning.
So, in terms of Severn Partnership’s own journey into building information model we started off with a very detailed two year plan where we actioned everything we needed to do from hardware recommendation through to training through to creating a building information modelling plan, through to educating our clients on what to ask for. Only when we’d actually got that journey set out did we start to actually make our professional service available to the market. A number of key issues were considered before implementing BIM on our capital schemes. For example, we decided on a particular exchange file format early in the process.
Essentially all of our BIM models are created in which reduces the need for extensive training further in the operational cycle of the building, ensuring that we can operate and use those models to update and extract information from at any one point in the future. As we were developing we couldn’t sometimes separate some of the complexity from the strategy and I suppose one of the key things we’ve realised now is that you need to keep it simple, the KISS principle is absolutely fundamental if you’re going to win hearts and minds to be able to deliver quite a significant change like that.
To ensure that we do not encounter much resistance when implementing BIM on the project it is essential to set out employer information requirements early in the process, and also very clearly so that roles and responsibilities are understood clearly within teams and also they have the opportunity to bridge any skills gap they may need. The first thing is that nobody actually likes change which makes it quite difficult to start with. People don’t really understand why they should be changing.
For people to be readily accepting of a change you need to try to make their lives easier or get an obvious benefit from it and sometimes it’s not always been obvious but it’s also been there, the negative connotations that have been associated with BIM that are being oversold of going to be returning massive return on investment for us and those not really living up to those returns yet.
If the management team has the will to invest in it and put the time, effort and cost into creating proof of concepts and workflows, so the team who were delivering building information modelling as part of projects were not battling the management to say this is a good thing to do from the top down all the way through the organisation the will to do it was there.
Watch the video exploring three Building Information Modelling (BIM) case studies and make notes on the differences you observe.
In the video:
  • Chris Johnston of Willmott Dixon discusses BIM implementation for large projects
  • Elena Simcock of Birmingham City University explores BIM implementation for public projects
  • Nick Blenkarn of Severn Partnership explains BIM implementation within Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)

Your task

  • What were the differences between all three BIM case studies?
  • How did all three experts approach the method of implementing BIM practice into their own organisations?
Share your thoughts and responses in the comments.
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