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Posted by Ben Wallbank on 21 April 2016

A Response to the whitepaper BIM: What Clients Really Think.

When you watch re-runs of Dad’s Army do you believe Private Frazer when he informs the platoon that “we’re doomed” or do you laugh?

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BIM Level 3 UK Budget Announcement

Posted by Ben Wallbank on 23 March 2016

The Digital Built Britain – Level 3 Building Information Modelling Strategic Plan set out the road map for the development of IFC to be the basis for the sharable structured data, this funding will ensure that the necessary work gets done.

This is fantastic news for the UK construction industry. The continued Government backing for the developments necessary to enable the digitisation of the industry ensure that we have the chance to build upon BIM Level 2, hit the targets set in the Construction 2025 Paper and keep one step ahead of the competition.

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What is COBie?

Posted by Ben Wallbank on 10 March 2016

Last week we looked at why we need COBie. This week I’m going to look at what COBie actually is. COBie is a vehicle for sharing what is predominantly non-graphical data about a facility. It was developed in the US by the US Department of State, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Veterans Association and NASA – so don’t let anybody tell you BIM isn’t rocket science, because it is!

There was some UK involvement from both Nick Nisbet of AC3 and also Vinci UK were involved in the development too. The UK Government, when they came to look at what data formats to adopt for the whole life of their assets, looked around the world and saw that COBie had been developed and licensed its use.

COBie is a standard subset of IFC – the Industry Foundation Classes – it’s just that bit of data from IFC which relate to the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) and Facilities Management (FM) of assets and this is delivered to client in the form of a spreadsheet.

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Why We Need COBie

Posted by Ben Wallbank on 3 March 2016

The requirements for BIM Level 2 deliverables are actually pretty simple – the only one that at least at first will be a little bit of a challenge is COBie. So what is COBie and why do we need it?

COBie is actually the key differentiator for the UK Governments strategy. They want good data so they can drill into the 80% of cost that lies beyond construction. It’s the first Governmental strategy to make COBie a contractual requirement.

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BS1192 Naming Convention

Posted by Ben Wallbank on 25 FEBRUARY 2016

If there was one single place I’d recommend anybody starts when beginning the journey to become 1192 compliant I would recommend the naming convention.

The naming convention has been around since 2007 when BS1192 was first released and it sets out how we’re supposed name everything – documents, drawing, models and data files. If we can start to adopt a common naming convention across the industry it will actually be an enormous advantage – clients will instantly understand what something is and who has done it, from job to job to job. In the industry, it will save us an enormous amount of time that we currently spend on bespoke company inductions and training because everybody will turn up already knowing how it is that they’re supposed to label everything and communicate what they’re doing – and of course, with Viewpoint For Projects being a Common Data Environment (CDE), we absolutely love it because as we head towards a data-centric world, it is the meta-data which these filing and naming conventions provide that will allow us to do much more intelligent searches for information, not just on a single asset, but across multiple assets – so it’s really important going forwards.

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PAS1192 Process and Workflows within the Common Data Environment (CDE)

Posted by Ben Wallbank on 18 FEBRUARY 2016

Back in 2007 BS1192 set out the processes to be followed within a common data environment (CDE) for collaboratively sharing information.

The PAS for 1192-2, the CAPEX (Construction and Design period) or for PAS1192-3 the OPEX (the strategic and operational period) both refer back to 2007 and say that the same process must be used for sharing information within the common data environment – and that information is not just models, it’s everything – documents, drawings, data and model files.

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UK Level 2 Standards

Posted by Ben Wallbank on 11 FEBRUARY 2016

Over the last couple of weeks we have talked about the crucial importance of working to standards to succeed with your BIM adoption. We’re really lucky in the UK that we have a great set of standards that have been developed over the last few years which both define what BIM Level 2 actually is and allow successful adoption of it.

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Standards Around the World

Posted by Ben Wallbank on 4 FEBRUARY 2016

Previously, I’ve written about the crucial importance of adopting standards being key to the successful adoption of BIM. Today I would like to write about the various standards that are currently available around the world and talk about what you should do if you are working internationally.

Only five or six years ago when I was working as a BIM consultant and people asked me ‘what standards should I adopt?’ I had to tell them that there weren’t any real standards currently and advised them to write their own protocols and execution plans to make sure that the collaborative team know how they are working.

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An Introduction to BIM and Contracts

Posted by Ben Wallbank on 28 JANUARY 2016

In all the years that I’ve been going to BIM Conferences, legal issues were always presented as being a complete block on doing BIM – intellectual property rights, licensing of the use of information, professional indemnity insurance and what contracts should be used on BIM jobs were all highlighted as obstacles which would prevent an effective roll out of BIM.

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The Importance of Standards

Posted by Ben Wallbank on 21 JANUARY 2016

If you think about it, even if we’re doing a single BIM project by ourselves (ie just our firm), unlike the times when each individual produced a drawing or a document, we are now working collaboratively. So, how I work on a model within my firm is directly affected by how other people work on that model. Once you then multiply that by how the way that the other consultants are working and eventually by the way the supply chain is working, working to a known set of standards is absolutely crucial to the success of BIM.

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What are the BIM Level 2 Deliverables?

Posted by Ben Wallbank on 14 JANUARY 2016

So, what actually are the BIM Level 2 deliverables?

Previously we have discussed the raft of standards and supporting documentation we have in the UK and I’ve told you that I think they’re pretty good. It is these standards and documents together that define what these deliverables are. We have been told that there will be an all-encompassing document summarising these, but in the meantime we can look at those standards and define pretty accurately what the deliverables are.

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The BIM Mandate

Posted by Ben Wallbank on 7 JANUARY 2016

2016 is now upon us!

In May 2011, the Government’s construction strategy announced an ambitious set of measures aimed at transforming the construction industry. In the years since then, the Government have produced a raft of documents and standards to help the industry with the transformation – but the main things they have been doing is looking inward to the major Government commissioning departments, making sure that they are ready to be a good BIM client.

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Viewpoint Can Help You with COBie RAG Reporter

Posted by Ben Wallbank on 9 NOVEMBER 2015

We know many of you reading this are working hard on your processes for delivering COBie ahead of the 2016 mandate; if you’re not, you probably should be thinking about it!

The ability for your business to prove competence in this key area of Level 2 BIM will be questioned early in 2016, and you may lose out on work if you can’t. This requirement will also be getting tighter in October 2016 when all centrally funded projects must be able to digitally validate COBie submissions.

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Viewpoint For Projects Can Help You Deliver COBie Data to Meet BIM Mandate

Posted by Ben Wallbank on 5 NOVEMBER 2015

Guest post by John Adams, Product Manager for BIM at Viewpoint

Those of you paying attention will have noticed the BIM Mandate got a hardening layer at the ICE BIM event in London a couple of weeks ago. Not only will projects not get funded unless they have defined their EIRs for Level 2 BIM by April 4th 2016, but those procuring will have to prove they can “electronically validate BIM data from their supply chains” by October.

This means that by this time next year not only will the ability to deliver COBie be essential, but those procuring data will be checking it; it really is time to decide how your business is going to work with COBie to confidently deliver data your clients won’t find errors in. Whether that means contributing, delivering or checking data to your business or even some of each – you can’t ignore COBie anymore.

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With only 160 days until this new mandate comes into effect – are you ready?

Posted by Ben Wallbank on 28 OCTOBER 2015

Guest post by John Adams, Product Manager for BIM at Viewpoint

It was announced last week that in addition to EVERY central government department being able produce an EIR and being unable to procure any project team that cannot prove they can deliver the level 2 data requirements from April 4th 2016, that by 3 October 2016, all centrally funded departments will need to have “the capability to electronically validate BIM information delivered from the supply chain” and will also need to be “making progressively more use of supply chain data for key business activities” by this date.

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Key new features of Viewpoint For Projects BIM Manager

Posted by Ben Wallbank on 12 OCTOBER 2015

Viewpoint recognises the importance of being able to rely on a partner who actively listens and continually improves its software, thereby enhancing the way you can do business. That’s why Viewpoint spends a considerable amount of time listening to customers and evolving software to better meet the needs of the market.

The newest version of Viewpoint For Projects was released on October 10th and you’re invited to learn about changes to the product and how they benefit you. This week Sales Engineer Ben Wallbank explores the EIR/BEP Tool:

Today’s construction industry procurement processes stipulate1 that not only should the requirements for the built asset be defined, but also those for the “soft” assets (data, the virtual asset model, documents and drawings). At Tender we can now expect that Employers Requirements will include an Employers Information Requirements (EIR) document setting out these deliverables. The design and construction team’s Contractors Proposal response should include a BIM Execution Plan (BEP) setting out how (and when) these requirements will be met…

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