Space Architects’ Craggs gives Level 2 BIM advice: “Prepare to fail if you fail to prepare”

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Space Architects‘ BIM Support & Development Leader has shared information about the practice’s journey to BIM Level 2 competency, highlighting the importance of maintaining standards.

Nick Craggs, who is also a Senior Architect at the firm, explains that you should “prepare to fail if you fail to prepare”, pinpointing education, cultural change and being aware of skilled project partners as key requirements of preparation.

Referencing a project he worked on in 2010, Craggs explained the initial benefits he saw from utilising BIM, and how the company were able to develop the business from that starting point:

“I found that virtually modelling the building in 3 dimensions resulted in a far more considered and coordinated building. It also meant that I was able to consider how each design move affected connected, but not necessarily adjacent, elements of the building and it proved a lot easier to coordinate the architectural elements with other consultant’s design information.

“It was evident that a means for educating and assisting key industry members was needed, and in 2011 BIM.Technologies was formed to provide this function, as well as others. Leading up to and following its inception, the founding members of BIM.Technologies were focussed internally on BIM implementation at Space Architects.”

Discussing the most important part of his role, which will surely be familiar to the work of others in the industry, Nick shared: “Probably my most important responsibility under my role is ensuring that our standards are kept up-to-date. The importance of following prescribed standards really goes without saying.

“The first version of our BIM Protocols was issued in 2010, and since then has provided a framework for how we deliver projects, including those without a specific BIM requirement. We have benefited from the efficiencies that digital construction affords regardless of client aspirations for some time, which in turn has put us in good stead as BIM outputs have become increasingly common in our clients’ briefs.”

Some notable points of consideration are within Nick’s insight, so we suggest you give it a read. We’re sure it’ll be relatable to a lot of you!

To read Nick’s insight in full, visit the Space Group website.

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