Best BIM Bad BIM: Keeley Pomeroy

Credit: AECOM
Credit: AECOM

Answered from either a personal or industry-viewpoint perspective, Best BIM Bad BIM sees a member of the #GlobalBIMCrew divulge their best and worst BIM experiences and what they have learned from both.

Sharing his praises and gripes today is Keeley Pomeroy, Senior Quantity Surveyor at AECOM. The Christchurch, New Zealand-based professional praises his country’s industry for “just getting on with the job”.

What is Keeley’s Best BIM Experience and what does Keeley think the BIM industry is doing best at the moment?

Speaking from a QS perspective:

In 2014, the AECOM Christchurch team that I’m apart of had our first real collaborative BIM project. This was the first time we had been invited to a proper BEP kick-off meeting and this experience was the beginning of our true BIM journey. It has taken years of design industry and client development and movement for our team to work on a truly collaborative BIM project. The joys of working in federated models and being able to use accurate object based Quantity Take Off (QTO) enabled us to produce estimates very quickly for our client.

I think the best thing that industry in New Zealand is doing right now is just getting on with the job. We do not have a Government mandate to deliver any projects in BIM, but major asset owners (including Government Departments) are now at realising the benefits of BIM as they see the positive impact it can have.

What is Keeley’s Worst BIM Experience? What are Bad BIM trends in New Zealand at the moment?

My personal worst BIM experience is working with poor 3D modelling. The production of 3D models should be logical and prescriptive, but instead we are finding that design firms haven’t committed to good modelling practice as standard. This forces us revert to traditional scale rule or 2D digital measure. Other issues are the non-policing of the BEP’s or modellers and design technicians not getting design in the model before critical data exchange milestones. Many main contractors and specialist trades have been slow in the uptake of advancing construction technology and 3D as built information – but as BIM methodology gathers momentum change is starting to occur.

A small personal bugbear is also the use of the words “BIM model” or “data drop” which often get used by design teams, project controls and my colleagues – I’m campaigning to get people to refer to these as “3D information model” and “data exchange”.

What lessons has Keeley learned from both of his experiences and how does he think New Zealand can move forward?

BIM cannot be created without collaboration and team work. It forces us to think about what’s best for a project and I believe New Zealand is definitely heading in the right direction. A few major projects even have COBie written into the RFP, but our major asset holders, such as Universities, Government Departments and Councils need to lead the charge and reap the benefits.

We have a few good user groups like BIMsinz, Revit User Groups, and Collaborate that are talking about the right things but unfortunately are speaking to the converted. As a small country we have the potential to take the lead on innovation and the adoption of BIM practice through all horizontal and vertical asset life cycles – something I hope we will see more of.

To continue the conversation with Keeley, you can follow him on Twitter – @QSkeeley.

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