The Head of Technology at Causeway Technologies has taken a look back at The BIM and & Integrated Projects Forum that look place earlier this month.
Tim Cole attended the event on June 6th and has taken to Causeway’s official website to blog about his experience and the questions raised at the conference.
The first interrogative posed at the forum was whether as an industry we are still on the right road towards Level 3 BIM. With the Government disbanding the BIM Task Group, it’s more important now than ever before for companies not to get ahead of their selves and to focus on the present before transitioning to the future. Agreeing with this notion, Cole said:
“There was a clear consensus on a need for humility and sanity checking in agreeing where we really are in terms of Level 1 and 2. Fundamentally we need to commit to creating models that can be openly shared, accessed and integrated by all project participants and at all stages. We are on the right road, but we must consolidate the first mile before setting our sights on exciting horizons.”
The second debate the guests got to grips with was Integrated Project Delivery, aka, getting owners and subcontractors on-board at the earliest phase of the project possible so that their expertise is available sooner rather than later. Cole stated: “The good news was that some projects were engaging the likes of contractors, owners and operators earlier and reporting benefits from doing so. At the same time, there remained a strong interest in traditional contracts and engagement practices.”
The final topic for discussion was merging BIM models and the issue of ownership. Cole addressed this by saying that “many of the opportunities unlocked through BIM flow best when models can be merged”. He said: “Causeway shared work that it had undertaken to allow models to be merged around a central set of ownership rules – sometimes referred to as a responsibility matrix. This allows models to be combined so that ownership is maintained and where model changes from the rules can be reported on at the time of merging, much as with clash detection – but allowing the project manager to decide whether or not to maintain or change the ownership rules.”