The regional publication spoke with Andrew Bagnall of architecture, engineering and interior design business GHD Woodhead about BIM adoption across the country and what the industry must do to ensure the benefits it can provide are achieved more often.
Citing the common misalignment between tunnels and bridges, the Senior Mechanical Engineer has called for “a more well-defined procurement process” that will impact the entire lifecycle of a project:
“What’s missing is a more well-defined procurement process, where clients are educated up front and want to use BIM, not just for architecture and design, but the concept, master plan, design and documentation, through construction, and continue this process through to facilities management for life span.”
Lack of sharing over fears of data integrity loss is also an issue according to Bagnall. He elaborated: “The fundamental principle of BIM is, there is a lot of information there and it makes it easier to share, but if people do not share, that disappears – that’s the missing link.
“The real prize at the end of all this, is you get a building that maintains data and integrity all through to construction and maintenance. If the designers don’t pass on that information to the contractors, then if the contractors don’t maintain it or pass on to the owners. Again it’s very hard for the owners to create a fully trustworthy model without that previous history.”
For more insight from Bagnall, click here.