BIM Task Group: BIM Level 3 “much more focused on customer and community need”

Credit: Institute of Civil Engineers
Credit: Institute of Civil Engineers

The Chairman of the United Kingdom‘s BIM Task Group has outlined what the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industries can expect of Level 3 Building Information Modelling.

An article from New Civil Engineer features comments from Mark Bew, who is addressing Level 3 BIM after the UK Government announced their ‘strategic plan’ for the future generation of BIM called Digital Built Britain. The Government have projected a 10-year strategy towards Level 3, although it has been reported that early adoption projects could commence as soon as 2017.

An improvement of the design process is one key change that Level 3 BIM will usher in according to Bew: “BIM3 will allow us to manage security through design. So in effect [data will be] secure by design not secure by accident.

“We’ve got worse at briefing, not better, and we need to refocus our efforts. Having much better access to other resources, such as manufacturing data, and having manufacturers being able to feed straight into models will improve this.”

“It is about maximising availability and capacity of networks of infrastructure, essentially using technology to push more rolling stock down existing railways and more cars down the same piece of tarmac.”

Bew also then referenced his position on Canary Wharf Group‘s Global Advisory Council, a panel that will tackle issues that are currently limiting the East London area from reaching its maximum potential. He thinks that “maximising availability” will enable ‘smart cities’ of the future.

“The aim is for construction to become much more focused on customer and community need rather than asset oriented,” elaborated Bew. “So the asset is created for the provision of a service not the other way around. Once this matures it will enable us to control social wellbeing and cost base of the nation.”

However, Bew believes that alike Level 2 BIM, training professionals in the correct way and in a quick fashion will be an issue for Level 3 implementation. He noted: “The issue is growing capacity and the rate that we can train people in these methodologies.

“This [understanding the project lifecycle] doesn’t help rapid learning and we need to recognise this in the strategy. The answer is to start with graduates and dipping into people as they reach the end of projects.”

Bew also talks about how Level 3 BIM will change project contracts and also implies on when Level 4, 5 or 6 BIM may be introduced. Click here to read all of this comments.

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