Getting to Level 2 – The 10 BIM things you should know


March 11, 2015 Chris Rhodes  http://conjectblog.co.uk/

As the industry moves towards the ability to deliver projects to BIM Level 2, there is a broad spread of knowledge levels, from those with no knowledge to those who consider themselves experts.

A study conducted by CONJECT indicating that the AEC industry and Asset Owners can be split fairly evenly into those that indicate they are novices and those that indicate they are knowledgeable, with Consultants and Main Contractors most confident about their BIM knowledge.

Key terminology associated with BIM Level 2 

The BIM methodology, together with the supporting frameworks and processes are littered with acronyms.  There is even some contention over the definition of BIM itself, with Building Information Modelling largely seen as the official version whilst Building Information Management is supported by those who favour an information as opposed to a model based approach.

In order to provide a starting point for novices looking to ramp up their BIM knowledge, we have produced 10 BIM Things, an eBook that defines 10 key terms and how the processes behind them are important to the successful delivery of BIM Level 2.

Some of the terms are crucial to establishing the information requirements, and how these will relate to the overall plan of works on a project.  Other terms deal with information outputs required by the BIM mandate, as well as practices designed to standardise the different technology that supports BIM and allow interoperability between systems and file formats.

10 BIM Things – A summary

  1. BIM – Building Information Modelling is a method and technology for capturing the physical and functional information associated with an asset from its early conception through to its disposal. 
  2. CDE – A Common Data Environment is a central repository and management system for all project data with consistent file naming conventions and version control designed to be used across the asset lifecycle. 
  3. PAS1192 – Publicly Available Specification PAS1192 is a suite of consultation documents setting out to provide consistent codes of practice governing information management for construction and asset management projects. 
  4. EIR – Employer’s Information Requirements define at the tender stage the types and quantity of information required at each point of the project. 
  5. BEP – The BIM Execution Plan outlines the supplier’s capability, capacity and competence in the tender phase and then confirms the supply chain’s capabilities and delivery plan post contract. 
  6. COBie - Construction Operations Building information exchange is comprised of the data product data sheets, spare parts lists and preventive maintenance schedules an owner/operator needs to operate their asset. 
  7. IFC - Industry Foundation Classes is an open data model that has been developed to improve interoperability and sharing of information between different BIM software solutions. 
  8. dPOW – The Digital Plan of Work is an additional layer added to a Plan of Work which define the BIM data required at each stage of development of a project, complementing the EIR and BEP. 
  9. GSL – Government Soft Landings is an initiative to ensure the transition from construction to occupation is smooth with a focus on involving parties from all phases of the project early on. 
  10. BCF – BIM Collaboration Format is an emerging methodology supporting the IFC but concerned with the associated data rather than the model.

For more information on the 10 BIM acronyms and why they are important in meeting BIM Level 2, see our eBook, 10 BIM Things.


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