Revit for Projects

In a world full of standards, processes and technologies all developed and aimed to improve project delivery. There is a varying degree of how well this is achieved. It depends on many factors that must be coordinated and managed. By people who actually have the time to do so.

 

A common issue for many design teams is to be prepared for BIM before a suitable project is available or having a suitable project but not enough time to be ready for BIM.

It is quite evident that collaborating and coordinating between design teams in 3D is beneficial. And BIM is often not a formal requirement from the client on these design team driven 3D projects. It is also quite evident that there are some issues with this approach in terms of geographical coordination, clash detection management and developing and following or not following a BEP.

But, these are concerns that we deal with in the implementation of BIM to be prepared for a BIM project.

 

If on the other hand the waiting for a suitable project before moving to BIM is the preferred option, as it is for many practices. I.e. Revit is the driving factor. A custom Revit resource still need to be implemented along with some project setup support and training. But it is a much faster approach to getting the project up and running.

 

This is what the DDC Solutions – Revit for Projects does.

We install a BIM Level 2 / ISO 19650 compliant Revit Resource customized to the project.

The project team will be trained and ready to coordinate and collaborate on a 3D/BIM project in no-time.

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#Revit #BIM #3D #Collaboration #Coordination #Architect #Engineer #Design

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Women In Construction

#WomenInConstruction What do you do after having children?

The statistics in the image is not a good picture and there are many things to say on this issue.

However, I want to address the result from a survey #AECPeople conducted, with one of the questions asking what the top 3 issues are that prevent you from taking action and setting up your own business? Here are the issues:

  1. Getting clients
  2. Capital to setup a practice
  3. Knowledge about Business setup (Admin, IT, Tax etc.)

And I want to point out that 9 out of 10 women who had children are facing issues in returning to work. But, only 16% of those women over-come these 3 issues and set up a business one their own.

What if point 1 could be assisted with and point 2 and 3 could be practically removed from your doubts and from your business “to do” list. And, you received technical and business training and support at no extra cost.

Would that help in increasing the 16% to 25 or 50 or 75%??

It’s #NotATrap and #NotAFunnel

Please do leave a comment or get in touch with any questions you might have.

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#WomenInArchitecture #WomenInEngineering #Architect #Engineer #Designer #Developer #WomenInBusiness

Reference 1: https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/women-in-architecture-survey-9/10-women-say-children-hinder-careers/10003375.article

Reference 2: https://www.ddcsolutions.co.uk/womeninconstruction/

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

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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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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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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#ISO19650 #professionalism #BIM  #BIMLevel2 #process #standards #AECPeople

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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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#developers #business #BIM #iso19650 #BIMLevel2 #process #standards

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Validation

Validation

Is validating our work really that time consuming?

Validation
Validation Image

In my industry, and yours, validation of the work we do is critical to make sure that the products and services we provide are up to standard and fit for purpose. E.g. an MOT. But often, validation is over looked and seen as a process pushed by a “manager” to tick a process box. But on the other hand, we highly value the time we spend on procrastination validation. How much time do we spend on such activities and how does it compare to the validation that we should prioritise but happily neglect?

Why do we validate? Or rather, why do we happily validate when there are no set or agreed criteria to validate against and there are no real gains from the validation. But as soon as we have agreed criteria and there is something to be gained from the validation. Well, then we are most reluctant to waste the time on this extra work.

Example. Procrastination validation on social media posts and comments relating to food, selfies, cats and cucumbers etc. The average person in 2017 spent 116 min a day on social media (Reference 1) and, based on my own “validation” on that statistic, the average person did not make any great advances physically or spiritually as a result of the time spent.

Validation methodology. The methodology I used in validating the above statistic, was the old and tested technique we all use. I am of course talking about the “I bloody know what I am talking about”. We make quick judgments (Validations) about facts, fiction, people, cats, pasta and shelves. Based on our 30 second google research and our vast experiences on every subject known to man.

116 min a day!!

The time you have left in between social media, eating and sleeping we spend working. At work, validation is often critical to our results and for us to get paid. If we, at least that is what they tell us, validate our work against the standards and processes that industry experts have spend a significant amount of time developing, testing and training “you” on. We could help the company, help the clients, progress our career and become experts our self, as a result of knowing how to deliver great products and services.

What is the most used comment to the request to learn new validation standards and actually using them?

“it’s a lot of work and I don’t have time”.

 

Example. In my industry, validation is key. The average architect or engineer need to learn a handful of validation points to be used as they are working. They would need to run through the validation again before sending information out or using incoming information and they would need to do a more thorough validation every quarter or so per project. Total validation time spend. . . ball park. . . about 400min per month or to put it in a different way. 4 days of social media validation.

The average person spend about 3h per week on social media during work hours (Reference 2) or 30 min per day. That is 10 min more than the professional validation of one’s work require per day.

I’m just saying!

 

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#validation #professionalism #BIM #bs1192 #BIMLevel2 #process #standards

Reference 1:
https://www.socialmediatoday.com/marketing/how-much-time-do-people-spend-social-media-infographic
Reference 2:
http://workplaceinsight.net/uk-workers-waste-over-two-hours-a-day-on-social-media-and-other-distractions/
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