BIM Roadmap



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The  reason behind creating this BIM/GSL roadmap was to try and establish just what was required in relation to BIM and the associated documents BS 1192/PAS 1192-2/PAS1192-3/BS1192-4 and PAS1192-5.  This led me on a journey of understanding and not just in the mentioned documents but all of the other applicable British and International standards and guidance that go hand in hand with this thing called BIM and let’s not forget it’s “little brother” Government Soft Landings (GSL).

All of the standards work in synergy with the main BS and PAS documents applicable to delivering Level 2 BIM, but what I have tried to show with the swim lanes is that the standards and guidance is split between good practice documents, construction process documents related to BIM delivery, Handover/Close out and In-use, Security and then onto Government Soft Landings, these are then further split across the page into the applicable RIBA works stages 0 to 7, this shows that information and data will be applicable across work stages. As can be seen by some of the arrows pointing in both directions this is because you will get a two way flow of information throughout the lifecycle of the project.

At the last count 120 BIM/GSL standards and associated guidance are available! As the basis for delivering a successful Level 2 BIM/GSL project, you may agree this can and will be a minefield for the uninitiated. In developing the BIM Roadmap, I have tried to set out a path that starts at BS EN ISO 9001:2015 as this is the best and most appropriate starting point for all organisations, this then leads into a number of other standards and guidance documents and we haven’t even got to the BIM bit yet but we do need to understand all of these documents and their relationship with each other to have half a chance of successfully delivering a Level 2 BIM project. 

My understanding of the BIM Task Group is that they had discussed a roadmap in the early days of PAS1192-2 but it is not clear whether anything real or tangible has materialised as yet but nonetheless we march on regardless to the legacy date of 04 April 2016. The BIM roadmap is a starting point and whilst by no means a finished article can provide a suitable point of reference for industry to engage and adopt. In creating the road map, what I have not produced or tried to produce is something that would fit all as that would be an impossible task. However it would be good, if industry could contribute and refine this roadmap, as after all this is about breaking out of those silo’s we work in everyday and yes we are all equally guilty of that.

The BIM Task Group with BSI have undertaken to review applicable standards to ensure that we have a closed loop when it comes to Building Information Modelling (BIM). BSI are also looking at the change from a PAS standard to an ISO standard for PAS1192-2:2013 which will ultimately become BS ISO 19650-1 with PAS1192-3:2014 becoming BS ISO 19650-2.

From my experience I see that many in industry feel there is a need for additional guidance documents / roadmap such as this, which behind closed doors lots of people are creating such as NBS with the “Periodic Table”, Bond Bryan Digital with all of the blogs and guidance they produce, KT4BIM with the work they are currently carrying out with both industry and academia. We can all question these attempts but my challenge to all is to bring to the table solutions rather than to sit back and judge from a distance - “we can all be armchair critics”. The industry is ready for change so let’s pick up that gauntlet and change it for the better, I have heard so many negatives from this industry that I am part of and have worked in for 30 years that it starts to become the norm lets break that mould and make an industry that we are proud of now and into the future.

We can all create wonderful tools and keep them locked away but the need for “openBIM” is a reality, the need for “openDATA” the need for industry to take stock of itself is needed now. We are entering a world that is becoming increasingly digitally savvy and mind-set’s and data architecture need to be in-line with this “Revolution” that is happening with digital transformation.

A truly Digital Industry is an ambition shared by many right across all areas of the Built Environment. This ambition is four-fold: an industry where our people have access to the best of digital technology and are capable and confident in its use at home, at work and on the move; where our businesses have the skills and confidence to exploit digital technologies; where the economic environment encourages digital innovation.

That is the reason for sharing this roadmap to give all the same shared knowledge and understanding of what is required to deliver a level 2 BIM project, to include rather than exclude.

If you would like a copy of this roadmap please do contact - Terry Gough, [email protected]