BIM for Contractors

One of the aspirations the UK government has for the UK construction industry is that by 2025, construction should drive growth across the entire UK economy. The projects cost should be reduced by 33% and delivered 50% faster. We, in this relatively small UK community, are in a great position to play a dominant part in the forecasted 70% growth and annual £200 Billion global construction industry.

How much of that we end up taking home in the UK, well that depends on us.

One thing is for sure, the developers need to get on board. Sustainability is a major topic and closely linked to technology and process and it starts with the construction client.

However, it would be unrealistic and unfair to put the whole responsibility on the developers, after all, the design and contractor sectors have had a significant amount of time to adopt BIM Level 2 and even though the adaptation looks fairly good on paper (70% in 2018). The reality of BIM efficiency has some way to go before it meets its real potential. Design team driven BIM being the main culprit. Again, another reason why the developer needs to take ownership of the project from day one.

Allowing the developers to catch up by supporting them with the standards, processes and technologies that favour the intended business model would be the correct way forward.

The Design and Build contracts (predicted to surpass the traditional contract in 2019) allow for some of this support, IF, the contractors have implemented the required standards, processes and technologies. In a way that are streamlined with the government’s aspirations mentioned above. Having a correctly implemented BIM Level 2 / ISO 19650 standard could be used to help convincing the developer that BIM would benefit their own business objectives. For example:

  • Planning the project – assessing risks, impact on neighbouring infrastructure and traffic and cost projections based on 3D and database simulations.
  • Asset management and maintenance – access to vast amount of different types of data through purposeful interfaces.
  • Faster and precise decisions – conditional and associated information can be obtained and evaluated from different angles, remotely.
  • A tried and tested system – BIM is a process that cater for the points above and structuring the planning and collaboration, using technology to develop and monitor the information the developer is paying for.


If we are looking at an international market, as we should. Judging from the predicted growth of 4.3% PA in emerging economies. It is even more important to be prepared to support the clients from a very early stage. With streamlined routines that are designed to meet the growth, sustainability and importantly setting standards for UK leadership. The UK have provided the foundation for the ISO 19650 to be utilised globally, we have the experience and we have a reasonable support from our government to grow and develop. No other economy is as well prepared as the UK to lead on the infrastructure development in for example India and Africa to support a predicted doubling of their populations in the next decade.

Bluntly put, it is in the hands of the contractors to make this happen. But there are support available to implement and update new and existing standards, processes and technologies.

Here is the questions we put on to the contractors.

Do we, as a UK industry, want to take home the financial rewards and establish ourselves as the leading industry? We don’t have that much time, if we at all consider deadlines.

Ask yourself. Is your BIM process adequate for the demands put on us to truly support your clients and for us to be a global leader in construction?


#Contractors #professionalism #BIM #ISO19650 #BIMLevel2 #process #standards

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Developer driven BIM

What is the difference between design team driven BIM and developer driven BIM?

BIM has finally arrived to where it belongs, with the developers them self. We are looking at a brighter future in-terms of reducing risks, increased financial gain and improved abilities to manage the built assets. But only if we implement standards and processes (BIM) in the right places and to its full potential.

Looking back at the experience we have gained since BIM Level 2 became official back in 2016. We have collected a lot of best practices and we have developed technology and solutions. But we have also learned what not to do and where the weaknesses and issues are with BIM. Even though gaining this experience has been challenging and frustrating at times. We can now apply BIM more effectively within the developers organisations with a focus on the business objectives.

Quick re-cap on what is going on with BIM in the UK.

From April 2016 BIM Level 2 was made official and its adoption has been gradually growing by roughly 10% per year since. This growth is mainly within the design sector and we are now looking at an 80% UK market adoption. So, the design sector should be ready to hand over the BIM torch.

The drive behind BIM in the UK is a Government led ambition intended to help improving its construction interest. We have seen a growth in the popularity across the industry both nationally and internationally and the BIM concept is proven to be beneficial. As a result, and timely coordinated with the UK governments plans for the future of the UK construction industry. The ISO 19650 was published in December 2018. In short, this ISO is derived from the UK BIM Level 2 process and focus on the developer’s ownership of the Information and BIM management on the projects. Meaning that BIM should favour the developer’s business objectives. As such, the adoption of BIM from 2019 should be tailored to the developers business needs.

What is the issue with BIM?

Over the years, in my experience, most of the BIM projects (50+) I have supported have been design team led. Sure, the upswing of the Information Manager (IM) function has helped to shift focus slightly to the client needs, but not sufficiently. Meaning that the design teams have defined the scope for BIM and advised the clients on what should/will be delivered and how. In many cases this type of design team collaboration has also been driven by software preferences and often solely focused on 3D coordination. Even with the appointment of an IM, projects are still very much design focused. Why is this an issue? Because, the developers are by-passed in the time and cost management of the design stages that are defined by factors such as collaboration, technology, process and abilities. The output (the design) is derived from these factors. And if the production of the output does not meet the developer’s business objectives. The risk, cost and time will not only increase during the design stages but also for the entirety of the asset life span. As it is now, the developers pay for this as an additional cost that was never considered.

Moving forward

It is not a difficult answer to; what we should do about the risk, cost ad time issues?

Implement the control of the standards, processes, technology and ability in the developers organisations and drive the project from the top and in advance of RIBA PoW Stage 1.

DDC Solutions

At DDC Solutions we implement standards, processes and technology directly in to the business and enable the client to instruct, advice and support the design team down the chain.

To prepare for developer driven BIM projects we have also adapted the BIM implementation for the contractors to work directly from the client’s business objectives and drive the design stages from the top.

For the design teams we have a completely different implementation approach. We prepare the design practice to be compliant with the developers or contractors requests and needs. And to be fully functional as an ISO 19650 coordinated team that can deliver what, how and when is required.

Meaning that the Architects and Engineers can focus on being Architects and Engineers. Leaving the developers and contractors to focus on their functions.




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Information Management and Information Technology


Is there a boundary between IM and IT?

IT stands for Information Technology and refers to computer-based information systems applicable in different fields and of course in the AEC Industry.

Following a first digitalisation of the AEC Industry with Computer-aided drafting (CAD) standards, the Industry kept changing focusing on increasing collaboration and communication between the different parties. BIM has been promoted around the world as a collaborative process, highly dependent on various technologies. For this purpose, proving its overall beneficial application in the sector. Therefore, the demand for new Information Technology solutions have increased, including new software and higher computer specification to allow the digitalisation of the AEC Industry.

Lately and due to the latest ISO 19650 series published, the attention has shifted from the usage of BIM at the delivery phase of the project to an overall beneficial application of the Information Management for asset life-cycle. Although Information Management is not a new concept as it regards the general organisation of the information for an effective output, its application in the AEC Industry results innovative.

Hence, a Document Management system is required as solution for this purpose. Referring to the BIM terminology, we would call it Common Data Environment, CDE. In fact, following the ISO 19650 standards, a complex workflow of multiple iteration of information container development, multiple reviews, approval and authorisation is clearly defined. Which Document Management systems available on the market follow the ISO 19650 definition of the workflow?

At this point, preserving information results essential and an adequate Information Technology solution is needed too. In fact, if aiming at a fully digitalised AEC Industry, IT systems fully ISO compliant are required due to the high level of dependency between solution and workflow and therefore between Information Technology -IT- and Information Management -IM-. Where is the boundary? And I am wondering if there should be a boundary!?

At DDC Solutions we support collaboration, communication and partnership. If boundaries and restrictive definition of roles are still current, we wish to overcome boundaries for the overall beneficial digitalisation of the AEC Industry.


Written by Cristiano Barretta


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Knowledge Retention

One significant issue any company owner is facing is the growth and retention of knowledge within the organisation. Growing and retaining knowledge is not an easy task. Mainly due to the fast pace of technology development, new standards and processes, decreasing fees and increasing salary expectations from specialist knowledge roles and functions.

For a director, the combination of limited time to learn about service solutions and strategize to make the right decisions on how to grow and learn about the new technologies, standards and processes. It is very easy to make decisions by “box-ticking” so to speak, when selecting a product or service.

Chances are that the products and services are not tailored to meet the goals in the organisation’s strategy. Or worse, the organisation does not have a strategy and have not considered that there are differences in quality between different service providers. i.e. the assumption is that “a training provider is a training provider”.

The first step any organisation needs to take, to ensure that knowledge is growing and retained adequately. Is to know what type of knowledge that is required and why.

Why is this important? I illustrate by using a common scenario.

If an organisation needs a project team to learn Revit. The “box-ticking” approach is often to buy a 1 -5-day training course on Revit at a premium price. Usually with the rationale that a well-known service provider that can charge premium rates and have the training course ready to go (off-the-shelf) would be a safe option. And. . .  “Revit is Revit”, so the team should learn to use Revit over 1-5 days.

Does this sound familiar?

Commonly what the organisations fail to recognize is that the knowledge is often not retained by the team members in these type of training sessions. An overload of information about the buttons and functions in the software often imprint a negative experience as there is no insight to practical application for all the functions covered.

After 1-5 days training the managerial expectations are that the team will be familiar with, and be able to use, the software. The team struggle to deliver as the “premium” training method was in-effective for the real world.

The project team have spent 1-5 days away from the project and in the end the organisation has lost both time, money and not gained any real knowledge in the organisation. Since the team struggle to deliver the Revit project to the organisation’s standard, resentment build between the organisation and the project team members and eventually the team members add the “Revit training” to the CV and look for a new job with a higher salary expectation.

It is worth pointing out here that the training providers usually deliver exactly what they advertised, so the fault does not rest with them. It is the customer who need to ensure they buy a service that meet their needs. Back to the original issue raised with directors’ available time etc.

To ensure that the service bought meet the knowledge development needs…… let’ s go back to The first step.

If time is limited within the organisation, to learn about services and technology, in order to make an educated decision on what training is required. You should contact a service provider who offer free consultation to understand the organisation’s needs.

If the service provider truly has your best interest at heart, they will help formulate a strategy demonstrating how learning outcome will be achieved and how this training will cater to your individual challenges. Ideally, knowledge retention should be included in the strategy.

Keep in mind that your team has role-based knowledge needs and those should be highlighted in the strategy. Be thorough in what you want and remember if you don’ t ask, you don’ t get. The service provider should also highlight how BIM Level 2 and ISO19650 requirements are met in relation to the training.

When you have received a proposal that meets the organisational needs Go over the proposal and the fee to make sure you are happy. In this way there will be no additional cost later.

Second Step. Follow the plan and take the advice from the service provider. Since the service provider have listened to, created a strategy that is specific to your needs and you have agreed to. It is safe to say that the service provider does have your best interest in mind.  So, commit to the growth and knowledge retention goals the organisation and the service provider have planned for.

That’s it, two simple steps that will help your organisation to grow and retain knowledge in this fast-paced technology jungle. Know what you need and stick to the plan. Sounds simple, right?

Finally, if you want to reduce the risk of losing time and money, be aware of the following.

Employing expensive “experts” does not guarantee results. By default, they must justify and protect their own interest over those of the organisation. They do this using a method called “Knowledge retention”. Knowledge retention creates a dependability on the individual and involves not being open and sharing details about the development, how to maintain and service the systems etc. If this individual leaves the organisation, usually due to lack of pay rise and higher salary offered elsewhere. The organisation loses the knowledge they have invested heavily in. Employing a new expert will usually not resolve the issue, it will repeat the cause of the issue.

You can avoid this by spreading the required knowledge across the organisation and by committing to a steady growth (i.e. the strategy). This will allow the organisation to grow as a whole and allow you to cope with minor inconveniences when staff decide to move on. The salaries don’t have to be inflated to compete for individuals with expert knowledge. Instead money can be invested where it can help the organisation grow in other areas.



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Support the underdogs

Are we creating a class system in the construction industry where large projects are for the elite, supported by BIM to keep the underdogs at bay?

After reading an article in AJ, on small businesses struggle to win larger projects. I do recall seeing the PQQ questions on finance and insurance over the years, while implementing BIM Level 2 at large practices. What we did was to standardise these PQQ responses to make the response a semi-automatic admin task.

Over 2018 and 2019 DDC Solutions have focused on helping smaller practices to get on board with the BIM process and technology. And the AJ article clarified that SMEs are playing the same game as large practices, but with different rules.

What I have seen while working with clients who have lots of resource, is that even though they also need to comply with BIM Level 2 requirements on large projects and they do need to fill in the tiresome PQQs. The larger practices are privileged with policies and requirements that apply to their financial status. Many of which didn’t exist when these practices were just starting up as an SME.

BIM is now creating an additional “ability” barrier for SMEs to comply with, if they have any aspiration to grow as a company and wanting to compete for large projects. By now we have all probably heard the “prophesy” “adopt to BIM or go under”. And it is easy to say when you look at it from the top.

What the glory of Highrise projects and BIM Level 2 looks like for the small practices are quite different.

I am not talking about architectural abilities, design or ambitions here. What I am highlighting is that an SME is trying to grow in an industry that have setup targets that an SME often cannot meet.

In AJ three of these rules were mentioned:

  • Insurance
  • Turnover
  • Previous experience

And we also have the BIM Level 2 / ISO 19650 requirement to meet and in many cases a specific software is also required.

After speaking to a few small practice directors, asking what the perceived risks seem to be from a developer’s point of view, risks that have set the financial and insurance thresholds. The concerns seem to be around the delivery of correct information, on time. So, it is a technology, process and support issue then? If the small practice has the correct software, they have the correct process (BIM /ISO 19650) and can demonstrate what information will be produced and when and how it will be delivered, they have the support behind them to develop and deliver and they have the required knowledge. Is a small practice still a risk element to a project?

What if, the developer had the ISO 19650 implemented and worked with a small practice who could meet every point of the ISO 19650 requirements set by the developer and on top of that had a faster response time with collaboration and communication and the direct attention of an architectural director. Would this not reduce the risk compared with to large practice who might not be ISO19650 compliant, have a slow response time and the project is not rigorously monitored by a director?

As for Experience. Sure, going from a kitchen extension to building the next HSBC tower, might be a little bit of a step. But, applying different targets and policies depending on project types and the abilities of the SME would help the industry by opening up the playing field and competition.

Regarding the BIM Level 2 / ISO 19650 requirements set in the PQQs. Sure, being BIM or ISO compliant will not help with the automatic rejection on insurance and turnover in the PQQs. But, it will help when there is an opportunity to influence and demonstrating capabilities and capacities. Having the BIM / ISO compliancy in place, both for developers and small SMEs will automatically demonstrate efficiency at the very start of communication on the project.

E.g. the developer is asking for process and deliverables at day 1 and the BIM / ISO compliant SME can respond with the process and deliverables proposal on day 2 including full 3D coordination testing of the site, capability statements, BEP, CDE process and collaboration, modelling and training strategies and knowledge evidence for all team members. Something that usually takes weeks or months to achieve on any given project. Would an SME that can demonstrate this level of capability not lower the risk to the project?

But if an SME is automatically rejected based on PQQ and not given a chance to compete. Where is the incentive to try to progress and grow?

If we are to reach the goals set for the UK construction industry and continue being a dominant market. We need to change the direction of creating a monopoly-based industry and let talents and ambitions be heard and be given the opportunity to contribute. Still with-in controlled environments but with policies, targets and processes that enable people to grow, rather than preventing them access.


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Small Business – BIM Startup Pack

Small Business BIM Startup Pack

This is not your average promotion! There will be no quick superficial information or pointless download links.

This promotion is serious, small business!

If you are a small business 1 – 20 staff and BIM is on your radar, this is for you.

DDC Solutions have put together a couple of options for small businesses to help getting on the BIM train.

If you respond to this promotion and sign up to one of the options, we give you all required documents for BIM Level 2 and ISO19650 compliancy for free. It is not integrated in to the fee in any other way and we don’t get it back through upselling or creating dependability.

This is genuine support for small businesses.

All options include: All documents (free), Full BIM Level 2 Revit Resources, 2 days training, Payment plan and discount on all other DDC Solutions services.

Option 1 – BIM/Revit Ready: £2199

Option 2 – BIM/Revit Project Startup £3995 – £4845 depending on number of days required.      Including Option 1 and:

  • Revit Resource Customization
  • Project setup and coordination
  • BIM Awareness training
  • EIR/BEP review and development


Option 3 – BIM/Revit Implementation £5395 – £6295 depending on number of days required. Including Option 2 and More customization, more training. more support


The offer is available until the 30/04/2019. But if you sign up to an option in February you get an additional 10% discount.


Now, let us prove to you why this is the way to go and why it is advisable to make the move sooner rather than later.

1. By not signing up to “full BIM” on day-one. The practice can ease in to the new standards and processes and the risk of cash flow issues and disruptions can be better managed. The Startup BIM pack help with this.

2. Small practices have the benefit of easier change management than larger practices and the implementation process is faster. The Startup BIM pack help with this.

3. About 30-40% of small businesses are still non-BIM compliant. With the major challenges to make the move to BIM being:

  • Knowledge and Skills
  • High initial investment cost
  • Time shortage

The Startup BIM pack help with all of this.

4. Start competing for contracts that require BIM Level 2, or from 2019, ISO19650 and offering an improved “BIM” and consistent service to your clients. The Startup BIM pack help with this.

5. The Centre for Digitally Built Britain and the UK Government, in combination with the publication of ISO19650. Is focusing attention of following the BIM process, to the developers from 2019. We have already seen examples of the requirements of complying to the new ISO19650 standards. And even if we at DDC Solutions don’t think it’s a “code red” type situation. We do believe that the demands of BIM and ISO19650 from the developers, will increase faster than it did for the designers back in 2016. It is better to be prepared than to respond to a requirement for BIM in any shape or form. The Startup BIM pack help with this.

6. Watch this video linked from our website for a practical example and feedback from a known practice on how BIM can benefit a small practice.


In 2018 DDC Solutions implemented BIM and Revit for:

Stiff & Trevillion – Medium Practice

DSDHA – Medium Practice

Catja De Hass – Small Practice

Consarch – Small Practice


Contact us today for further information and with reference to this BIM Startup Pack promotion to apply the 10% discount offer.

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BIM. A Worldwide Process

ISO19650 – Part 1 and Part 2: 2018 are out!

Let’s quickly recap on what we already know about Building Information Modelling -BIM- in UK.

The British standards BS 1192:2007+A2:2016 and PAS 1192‑2:2013 are aimed at clarifying standards for achieving a collaborative framework for BIM Level 2 in the UK. Despite the British governmental mandate for its adoption, several challenges have been underpinned in the latest studies. In fact, being developed from the BSI – national standards body of the UK- the usage of aforementioned standards has been limited to the British AEC Industry without its adoption worldwide.

We received good news a month ago when ISO19650 – Part 1 and Part 2: 2018- Organisation and digitisation of information about buildings and civil engineering works, including building information modelling (BIM): Information management using building information modelling – have been published as internationalisation of the UK’s BIM Level 2 standards.

We have been lucky from this side of the world, ISO is based on the British standards. Are you wondering why you should adopt International Standards at this point? Well. National standards are no longer in place, instead, a transition guide has been published in the UK whilst waiting for the National Annex to ISO to be published, later this year.

In the meantime, adjustments regarding current documentation and process are required, as further details about the information delivery and flow have been outlined. In fact, the aim of these ISO standards is to support all the involved parties to achieve their business objectives, with an appropriate framework related to management of information during operational and delivery phase of assets.

These ISO principles are applicable regardless of types and sizes of organisations and regardless of the chosen procurement strategy. Although each stakeholder shall collaborate for delivering sets of required information and developing adequate ISO compliant documents while following a defined flow of information, the appointing parties as Developers, shall evaluate the most effective management of information throughout the project and schedule the appropriate strategy for the long-term asset information management, establishing protocols and requirements for lead appointed party, as architects, and third-appointed parties.

This is what is going on with BIM and ISO. What about us?

DDC Solutions strongly believe that the development of this well-structured ISO19650 – Part 1 and Part 2: 2018 will enable an effective exchange of agreed information in the entire construction supply chain not solely in the UK, but worldwide. This newly defined and structured flow of information will highlight the beneficial application of BIM – Building Information Modelling – as collaborative process between different involved parties and especially to cost and time effective for the project delivery and further asset management.

We updated our resources and improved our knowledge. We keep choosing to be part of this global expansion process.

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By Cristiano Barretta – Consultant, DDC Solutions



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Season for sowing and reason for Revit

This article, purely and simply, highlights a few things that are good with Revit. It’s not biased and it’s not personal preference. There are other platforms out there that provide good aspects and advantages too, but the aim here is to inform and share my experiences if you are considering migrating your CAD/”BIM” platform . . . and Revit is a good choice.

If you are considering when to make the move, then NOW, December 2018, is a good time to saw your software seeds, so that you are ready and equipped for the changes in 2019. True to DDC Solutions’s ethos and goals, we want to be transparent as possible; We work in partnership with our clients, forming long term relationships, assisting where we can. In order to help you, we are currently running a promotional offer for the early birds, where not only do you receive the software licence at cost…YES….AT COST….. BUT we, DDC Solutions, will also help you with additional added value, free advice and give you additional discounts on ALL our other services…..”WHAT” I hear you say “At Cost, free and discounts!”….. As I mentioned, we collaborate with our clients and help where we can. So, take advantage of our “December Promotional offer”, get in touch with one of our friendly staffs to see how we could help your practice get ready for 2019.


See the article Get in gear on the topic of changes to come from 2019.

Ok, so back to the information on Revit.

I will use my experience from previous and existing clients and only illustrate what is true for the majority of the cases. For some of these clients the choice was to migrate completely to Revit and for some, the choice was to integrate Revit in to the practice to be coordinated with the existing platforms (e.g. Vector Works or MicroStation etc.). In doing so, we needed to ensure that the clients and wider design teams could collaborate and coordinate across platforms. Great, all done. Back to Business as usual then.



Implementation of Revit. When comparing the implementation time and reliability of Revit to other systems, Revit is much faster, more reliable and takes configuration and technical complexity in to consideration. It helps to have an established implementation structure in place but, even when starting from a vanilla Revit download, it is still faster and more reliable. Something I personally started for a new client only last week (28/11/2018).


BIM Level 2

To make the software you choose to implement work with the BIM Level 2 process (that you also should implement), one would need some experience and technical knowledge to carry out the customisation. But, when comparing the time and energy required to customise the software to meet these requirements, Revit has caused the least issues and delays. Revit has also allowed the project teams to start producing information and collaborating with the wider design teams, much faster.

Part of the ease in establishing these standards and processes are due to, well first, understanding how Revit works. But also, to the quite easy work environment that Revit present you with. I dare to say that Revit has one of the easiest User Interface of all software. There are some cross connections, configurations and Revit principles that need to be understood. But we are comparing here, and Revit is easier!


Learning and modelling

The easy UI helps when you train up new users. They “get it” very fast. (some credit must go to the trainer as well). I am comparing this with experience on delivering workshops and training sessions on MicroStation, AECOsim, Solibri, Navisworks and having attended training from “market leaders”. There is definitely a right and a wrong way to deliver training! With the right delivery method, Revit allows the users to do very impressive stuff in very short time whilst being more efficient and more cost effective, for the practice…. In other words,…saves you time and saves you money!

Examples are:

  • Full concept models for large commercial and office blocks developed over 14h, with no previous experience of Revit at all.
  • A team of one with no previous Revit experience at all, migrating from a 2D platform and delivered a fully coordinated project stage in less than 4 weeks.
  • A team of 2 delivered the interiors of a large shopping centre in 4 months with no previous Revit experience. The project was coordinated with building architects and structures across the globe.


Project Coordinates

The next topic is not an easy one and is one that causes a lot of issues and confusion on all platforms. I am obviously talking about Project Coordinates. Sure, it’s not a beginner’s topic, but the setup and management of project coordinates in Revit is, in my experience, much more approachable and allows for cross platform coordination, even if other stakeholders don’t know how to set up Shared Coordinates properly (it happens). i.e. Revit allow for different coordination setups. And with the Management system DDC Solutions implement, the Revit Project Coordinates is pretty robust.



Getting the information, you need out of the Revit model is something that the users are very positive about.

We do need an understanding of parameters and some settings and it comes with a little bit of a learning curve. But the learning curve is not as steep as with other platforms and the ease of how one can get the information output is brilliant. Schedules, Drawings, DWG, DGN, IFC, COBie, PDF. It’s all automated (after a sound implementation) i.e. the data update as you produce, and the export and prints are all batch enabled and pre-set to output at a “click of a button”.


Everything mentioned here can be done with other platforms as well! Revit is not technically unique with the points in this article. But, what I have seen over the years is that these points raised here, are in general, much easier in the Revit environment and the users don’t have to deal with technically difficult user interfaces, raising support calls on configuration issues or deal with hordes of reference models and CAD layers. Working in the Revit environment is a lot friendlier than with some other platforms and so is coordinating across disciplines.

If you are looking to move to Revit and are and are unsure as to when/how to purchase the licenses, then get in touch.

DDC Solutions will help you with the cost of both software and implementation and will ensure that your investment is future proof and the teams ready to reap the rewards.






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Get In Gear

Get in Gear

Front loaded BIM process, technology and delivery requirements are on its way.

Wow, what a year it’s been for BIM! CIC BIM Protocol, VR and AR applications, IoT, Upswing on IM requirements and the hype on ISO19650 has begun. And yet. . . it’s only the starting point on what is to come.

Ok maybe not that dramatic. Unless, of course, you are reading this from the front-line trenches. Then you are probably as excited as I am to take that BIM beach in 2019.

So, what is it we need to prepare for? Well, its not an overnight revolution of technology use and project process, but most likely a change over a longer period of time.

With the benefit of hindsight. Looking at the BIM Level 2 deadline in April 2016 and now almost 3 years later the industry is only compliant at 70%, as reported as a statistic back in May 2018. We can probably guess that we will see a slowish but steady increase in more robust BIM Level 2 requirements from developers, starting from 2019.

What is driving this change? Well, primarily, in the UK, it would be the government, in collaboration with the Centre for Digital Built Britain at Cambridge University. In the pipeline are plans for what the UK construction industry should look like in the future. It involves, amongst other things, how buildings and cities are to be developed and managed. This is not a new thing, we are already in the middle of it however, we are about to enter a new phase of this AEC vision. The architects and engineers should, by now, already be BIM Level 2 compliant (70% claim they are).

Question for the design practice: As well as having the right “Standards and Processes” in place, can the technology and systems that have been invested in and implemented, cater for the new demands?

What designers and developers should be gearing up for, is that the BIM focus will now shift from designers through to the developers, who will now have to take ownership of the BIM process on the projects.


For the design sector this probably means that in the near future, we will see new requirements from the developers on process and delivery. These requirements may, currently, not be catered for on the non-client led “BIM Level 2” projects. These projects, not always but often, only really involve 3D model coordination and collaboration between architects and engineers, guided by an un-official Pre-contract BIM Execution Plan template.

Strictly speaking there is nothing wrong with this, except we can’t call it BIM Level 2; but, if the teams can get the team work going and if it helps the project through project stages 2-4 and deliver information better, faster and safer. Then Great! (and it does, I might add)

But, what the Stage 2-4 “BIM” process, on design led BIM, does not cover, are actual client requirements driven by the client’s own business model as well as some standards and deliverables that are BIM Level 2 requirements.

Which brings me to the next point. ISO19650. We are currently waiting for the publication of this standard, and up to the time of publishing, we can only speculate on if there will be any unforeseen standards and processes; and what it’s effect will be on the UK BIM process.

However, from my experience and understanding of the new standard, it seems that the standard is very much based on the UK BIM Level 2 process and that the developer will be put in the driver’s seat. i.e. the points brought up earlier in this post.

I leave you with this:

BIM or not BIM compliant, over the years the BIM process have been proven to be beneficial, if only for the sake of coordination and delivery of 3D models. The fact is that the BIM Level 2 standard is taking foothold and will be adapted by developers at an increasing rate from 2019; and BIM is becoming an international standard with the ISO19650. We can’t control this. We just need to adapt.

What we can control however, is how this adaptation affect our businesses (and personal stress levels).

Learn about what BIM means and how it applies to your business. Then source the help required to meet your needs. Implementing BIM should not have to be a major investment of time or money. And. . . importantly! Your BIM implementation should not create a dependability on one person or service provider. Your BIM capabilities should be second nature to your teams, so you can better lead the project as a developer or provide a better service as a designer.


Thank you for your time.


Jimi Clarke



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