Nigel Davies: It’s all about the data. Or is it?

BIM Voice Nigel Davies

At BIMcrunch we asked some of the industry experts who are speaking at BIM Show Live 2017 to give us an insight into what they will be sharing in their seminars and to tell us a little bit more about what is shaping the world of BIM in the year ahead.

Nigel Davies from Evolve Consultancy will be speaking on Day 2 in the Data Stream, and will be looking closely at the “I” in BIM and why this is important in the understanding of the day-to-day workings of digital construction.

“BIM is 3D modelling”. “BIM isn’t 3D modelling. “BIM is data.” “Data is useless, information is important.” “You can’t do BIM without an EIR.” “You can’t have an EIR without an AIR.” “What’s an AIR?” … “What do you mean by BIM again?”

Do you ever wonder how we manage to get anything done in the UK? All we seem to hear and read about at the moment is how wrong everyone else has got it, and how what you thought you were doing isn’t in fact what everyone else understands BIM to be. Sometimes what we need to do is take a step back and stop arguing about the words and look at the reality of what it is we’re trying to achieve. In an ideal world, everything would be perfect, but we live in a world far from ideal, but we still have projects to deliver, and (hopefully) a profit to make.

One advantage to being a BIM consultant is you get to see a wide picture of what is truly happening in the UK, behind the slick promotional presentations or magazine articles trying to prove how the author knows so much more about BIM than you do. That picture is much more reality-based and highlights the challenges everyone faces on a day-to-day basis. So, at BIM Show Live 2017, I’d like to share some of that picture and take you on a walkthrough of both the theory – and the reality – of the “I” in BIM.

Data is not something exclusively for Asset Management. Data is an important part of the whole project. Data has always existed, it’s just that much of the time, you probably don’t categorise it in your own head as “data”. Understanding your deliverables is the first step in understanding the need for data. Put it another way: everyone should be familiar with producing schedules, and everyone should be able to relate schedules with data. Herein lies one of the important learning objectives to using data effectively: a schedule is produced for a clear and well-appreciated reason; data should be employed for exactly the same purpose. A difficulty in a collaborative environment can be that the purpose may not be of your choosing, it may be someone else’s requirement. That’s where understanding the journey through a project is so important, being able to interpret the requirements of others – and clarify your own deliverables – whether formal documents exist or not, so that the end result is what it needs to be, and what it is expected to be.

BIM isn’t always what is says in the wording of a particular standard, it’s making sure the right information is available for the right person at the right time.

Nigel Davies, Director, Evolve Consultancy

BIM Show Live, Day 2 11:45am