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?

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Reference 1: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/210099/bis-13-955-construction-2025-industrial-strategy.pdf

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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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BIM for Small Businesses

How to make the move to BIM and minimise risk to cash flow and disruption to the projects.

 

Question: Why is it that about 30-40% of small practices are not BIM compliant, when medium to large practices are reaching 80% for compliancy?

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Is it due to the misconception that:

  • There is a high initial investment involved moving to BIM
  • BIM Implementation causes disruption to the practice
  • BIM doesn’t apply to small businesses
  • Small businesses don’t have the time or resources to manage the move to BIM

Possibly a mix of all those points mentioned?

The move to BIM and or Revit does not, should not, be that dramatic and problematic. Especially, for small businesses. Small businesses are in a really good position to make the move relatively fast and easy, as there is virtually no need for:

  • Complex chains of decision making
  • Planning for the effect on multiple departments and roles
  • Creation of a large-scale change management strategies
  • Provision of a continuous long-term training strategy for a large amount of people
  • Provision of simultaneous technical support for multiple projects for larger project teams
  • Issues that a large organisation would need to consider when making the implementation of BIM as smooth and effective as possible.

NOTE: With the DDC Solutions Small Business BIM Start-up Pack Options, there are also no need for:

  • Large investments (financial or time)
  • Long-term consultancy contracts

 

A small practice is in a position to make the decision to move to BIM on a relatively informal basis and could inform the project teams with the news and why, in a Monday morning office meeting. (The “why” is important though, so do tell the teams please).

So, what can a small business do to prepare for the move and minimise the concerns for disruptions, change management and financial/time cost?

The first thing to do (and its free): In-house Marketing. i.e. let the teams know a change is in the pipeline and illustrate the positives of why the practice is making this change. Put up a poster in the coffee area and hold a few forums for information and Q&A to let the people know they are involved and can have their say. Make sure that the teams know that it is not an overnight change and that support on technical skills and processes etc. will be provided. And finally, that their jobs are not on the line if they don’t adapt within a certain time period. The idea is that the practice will grow and develop as a team, together and in phases.

Next. (also, free) Arrange for an implementation plan. It is critical to see a plan and understand the time line and how it will affect cashflows and project plans. The plan should include practical training, document handover and technical resources and it should be clear on what the BIM status will be after the implementation. The proposed implementation plan should be free.

As for the investment in the move to BIM (i.e. implementing the agreed plan). It does not have to be all or nothing. It can be implemented in stages with consideration to cashflow and project needs. One thing to remember. It is often cheaper and less stressful to be prepared than to react to a demand.

There are lots of reasons why a small practice should make the move and you can read about the reasons and get an idea of the costs here:

https://www.ddcsolutions.co.uk/smallbusinessbim/

What you should know is that where ever you are in the process of making a decision about BIM. It does not have to be all or nothing, from day one. There are things you can do for free to help the practice and the actual cost and efforts, to make the move when you are ready, does not have to be that alarming.

 

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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.

https://www.ddcsolutions.co.uk/bim-for-sme/

 

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.

Call us on: +44 203 8840975

Email: jimi@aecpeople.co.uk

 

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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.

Are you?

For more information on how we can help follow the link and drop us a message: https://www.ddcsolutions.co.uk/aecp-about-us/

 

By Cristiano Barretta – Consultant, DDC Solutions

 

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Custom Revit ini

Honour the settings in Revit

 

This article aims to help with some questions relating to the use of a custom Revit ini file.

The initiative to test and write this came from some questions raised to me in person and some existing threads online, dating back to 2015, about the ini file settings not taking effect when launching Revit.

The first question I had then was. Have the ini file been customised in a text editor only or was the settings set from with-in Revit? E.g. Family Template location set in the Revit options to be written to a blank FamilyTemplatePath line in the ini file.

When developing an ini file. The standard settings should be setup and written to the ini file from within Revit and then saved. This version of the ini file, stored in the users roaming location, should serve as the default ini file for a deployment or standalone installation. I.e. save that copy of the ini file from the user roaming location in to the UserDataCache location in the general resources on the network. Then delete the ini from the user roaming location and the ProgramData location.

My second question was. Is the Revit install based on a Deployment or a Standalone install?

If the installation is from a deployment you need to ensure that the installGUID value is defined and identical in the copy of the ini file in both the ProgramData/ UserDataCache and the users roaming location.

i.e. don’t edit the installGUID.

One issue that I had, and you might have come across, is that even if you have an identical InstallGUID in both locations. Still the settings are not picked up. Why? I don’t know. But What I did to fix this was to run a repair of Revit to generate a new ini file. I then copied over the custom ini settings to the new ini file generated from the repair.

I did copy over line by line and fired up Revit after each copy, but I never came across the root if the issue again. But Revit is now picking up the settings.

Once the ini file has been created and Revit deployed or installed on a single machine. The ini file should be copied (or deployed to all users via PowerShell) to the ProgramData/ UserDataCache.

When Revit is fired up, a copy of the ini file is saved to the users roaming location and the custom settings in the ini file should be picked up.

So, some key points:

  • Run a Revit repair to generate a new ini file with the InstallGUID
  • Copy the custom ini lines in to the new ini file. Generated by opening Revit and making the settings, as well as typing the lines for the settings you need e.g. Export file locations etc.
  • Save as a default ini file to the resources
  • Use for deployment
  • Don’t edit the installGUID
  • Make sure the PC have access to the network before you are testing. (that was 10 min I never get back!!)

 

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