Building Information Modelling (BIM) for the Built Environment
In the context of construction, building information modelling (BIM) is the process of delivering and operating built assets using well-structured digital information that all the necessary parties have access to. It is a way of working, rather a physical object or an entity. Operating in this way – often referred to as ‘working in a BIM environment’ – requires all parties to collaborate and share the information they create in a mutually accessible online space known as a common data environment or (CDE). This way, everyone who needs to access the information can. That collection of data is known as an ‘information model’. Information models can be used to inform all stages of a built asset’s lifecycle, from inception right through to operation and renewal. British Standards Institution (BSI), Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) and the UK BIM Alliance are developing resources in the form of ISO standards, guidance, an information protocol, and a learning outcomes framework to support individuals and organizations in the UK and internationally to understand the fundamental principles of information management using building information modelling in projects.
Application of module material to a project/organisation
As Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) have yet to fully adopt BIM. This assignment is focused on the principles, potential and way forward for BIM in SMEs in the construction industry. You have been employed as a project BIM Manager by an SME to launch an extensive program for the Development of an Infrastructure project. The design and construction consultants (architects, engineers, contractors etc.) for the project have not yet been appointed.
The assignment requires the following overarching questions to be addressed:
In addressing these overarching questions, students are required to demonstrate an understanding of BIM in the context of SMEs by:
Your report must be presented in the following format: