Pillar One
    Strategic Definition

    Pillar Two
    BIM Definition

    Pillar Four
    Technology Skills Design

    Pillar Five
    Technology Skills Technical Design

    Pillar Nine
    Handover

    Pillar Ten
    Asset Management

Authors Letter

Welcome to demysitifying the 10 pillars of BIM

mr-bimWhen I was first properly introduced to Building Information Modelling in 2010, I was working in partnership with a UK based company 4Projects, now known as Viewpoint Collaboration  company that specialises in Saas systems for BIM projects. For me I understood it as a fairly straight forward process coming from an information management background and not for once thought that any of the architectural software applications would be leaders in selling BIM. From the beginning I always understood the acronym BIM for a better word as Data Logistics in a 3 dimensional environment. The process of sharing information or data in a business or project environment made perfect sense, storing information in a 3D model made even more sense as a single source of information is still required. Then I discovered that the proponents of BIM in the industry could not agree on some very basic definitions, such as: is it Building Information Management or Building Information Modelling?

BIM by any definition is reality and it represents a paradigm shift in how we design, construct and operate. BIM is by no means a new acronym to many global companies involved in infrastructure projects who are continuously looking at new and improved ways to drive sustainability.

For most organizations, especially contractors, simply moving from 2D to 3D has broad implications, we cannot even consider speaking of  the realm of “4D and 5D” as it’s hard enough to wrap our heads around all 3 dimensional processes before someone speaks of throwing time and money into a 3D object that first needs to define interoperability.

To BIM or Not to BIM? That is the question I often hear in our industry? When Shakespeare quoted a similar quote, he bemoaned the unfairness and pain of life but acknowledged that what lies on the other side could be far worse. With BIM we carry a similar message with many of our professionals and contractors bemoaning the unfairness of poor tendering and inequality within our industry. Many acknowledge that change could be far worse but have not bothered to research the technologic advanced benefits that it could have.

So, do we really need BIM? Do we really need red meat? According the World Health Organization, red meat can cause cancer. Similarly, if we don’t not choose to change our ways of traditional thinking and embrace IOC (Internet of Construction), we will certainly endue the same consequences as a person getting cancer. Our initial reaction upon learning our fate is to throw as much money as we can afford to stay alive or in business. Those who are financially strong and committed will survive.

Recently in May 2015, I took the task to head up the BIM Institute for South Africa. My initial task of the BIM Institute was to develop and promote the SA BIM Protocol through its various partners and stakeholders.
The portfolio very quickly evolved with the interest from industry software vendors and other professionals and institutions to help support the BIM initiative for Africa.  Through local events and media publications the BIM Institute has had a close look at trying to explain or demystify BIM while avoiding the software vendor BIM sales tactics. I found that to fully understand the BIM process across all disciplines it required a comprehensive diagram detailing the involvement of resource tasks, data management and software applications within each industry. That said, even understanding all of that you would have to call yourself Neo and try watch the Matrix with BIM in the back of your mind.

The BIM revolution is not just becoming to construction process, it is also becoming a discussion topic within Business2Business.

The goal of this Wiki is to help you understand your role within BIM and decide on a timetable for the adoption and integration of BIM into your daily project life cycle.

Vaughan Harris

Executive Director | BIM Institute

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