Is the use of BIM still maturing? UBS investigate


A Project Manager has warned that despite the UK Government’s suite of BIM Level 2 documents now being complete, the industry could still be maturing and many practices and businesses will not meet the specifications made mandatory for public sector projects come 2016.

Director of UBS, Jason Clark has blogged for PBC Today about whether the construction and facilities management sectors can reach the required threshold now that time is very much against them.

In the piece that he calls “The reality of BIM in practice”, Clark references one of UBS’ case studies, 5 Broadgate. BIM was not scheduled to be utilised at all on the project, yet was eventually implemented between Stages D and E for fit-out design and construction. Clark notes that the decision to use BIM was the right one, yet it wasn’t without its problems.

“Some design teams embraced the opportunity and used it as a change agent for their own practices. Some felt the scale and complexity meant the challenge was too big and it was decided to make the MEP models a deliverable of the construction manager and the trade contractors. These models then were to federate with the structural and architectural models.

“Some trade contractors had not started their own journey towards BIM, and this gave the team a new dilemma; either to select the best contractor based purely on quality, price and capabilities to deliver, or to add BIM capabilities as a prerequisite to tender. In the event, support on BIM was provided to those trade contractors who needed it.”

Clark elaborated by stating that although the Digital BIM Toolkit will help those travelling on their ‘BIM Journey’, most “may still be faced with some of the same dilemmas and challenges” that UBS did.

To read a comprehensive insight about UBS’ BIM implementation and their relationship with their project partners on the 5 Broadgate development, read Clark’s original passage here.

What lessons do you think can be learned from the 5 Broadgate project?