The autumn edition of popular industry publication BIM Today was released earlier today, and as always, the magazine is completely stacked with Building Information Modelling related content.
Expressing his thoughts on the government’s future plans is Paul Oakley, BIM Director at BRE. Following the likes of Peter Trebilock and David Mitchell who have shared their views, Paul took to BIM Today to give his two cents.
Utilising open data standards will be a key requirement to ensure our industry Level 3 BIM, but at the moment, the abundance of standards and incomplete collaboration thwarts that from happening. Paul addresses the disconnect between owning data and sharing it:
“I was asked the question by an eight year old which throws the whole concept of [open data sharing] into doubt. ‘What do we call the two sides of a rectangle?’ I then had to explain that this is the question that I have been asking all over the world, including the plenary at the buildingSMART International Summit in Singapore and the present answer is whatever you want…
“However, wouldn’t it be nice if we could all agree on a standard definition?”
Oakley notes that current standards are “leaving chaos for those trying to deliver coordinated structured project data”, and the easier said than done task of creating an international standard needs to become a reality sooner rather than later.
“We need an international standard made up of both International and Local nationalised requirements for product data templates, developed and approved by the appropriate experts within their field. However, there are still many basic issues for BIM Level 2 presently left unresolved. So what are we going to call those two sides of the rectangle?”
Her outlook on the contractual implications of BIM is a worthy read, focusing on “how to dovetail the technical requirements of BIM and the obligations of the various parties into the contractual documentation”.
Read the latest issue of BIM Today here.