Arup release ‘BIM Maturity Measure’ tool

Credit: Arup
Credit: Arup

Design and engineering experts Arup have launched a brand new tool that will measure the maturity and level of success of Building Information Modelling implementation.

According to their official press release, the “discipline-agnostic” BIM Maturity Measure model will “democratise assessment”, enabling assessments to be made based on how well different projects have been completed, with scope for comparing the statistics collected.

The use of BIM within 25 areas of a project can be scrutinised using the tool, creating a comprehensive look at how well BIM was put to work. Data is collected via answers to multiple choice questions and numerical scale rankings.

Arup’s motivation behind the creation of the tool was due to the fact that BIM is now so widely adopted. They thought not to count how many projects were utilising BIM, yet to identify how well firms were implementing it. This led them to share their tool’s functionality with the wider sector in the hope that the tool will allow everyone to realise where they can make improvements.

“To date, BIM assessment has been complex, providing only a high level overview of its implementation and has been limited to high-achieving projects,” explains Arup’s Michael Stych. “Our BIM Maturity Measure tool aims to democratise assessment, enabling comparisons to be made across all projects quickly and easily. This will allow us to recognise where BIM has been used effectively, creating a code of best practise and helping to identify trends and training needs. We have stopped counting the projects that are doing “BIM” and have started to measure the maturity of BIM application on every project.”

“The introduction of BIM is enabling efficiency gains across the construction industry. Nevertheless, BIM has also become a buzz acronym and although we are all eager to state our BIM credentials, poor or unclear implementation will not help the average project progress. By encouraging BIM assessment, we’re aiming to drive a more open conversation about the use of BIM to improve its positive impact across the project spectrum.”

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