A Practical Guide to Adopting BIM in Construction Projects

Bimal Kumar

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    Abstract

    Building Information Modelling (BIM) is currently the most-talked about term within the construction industry all over the world. The UK government has made the use of BIM technologies and processes mandatory on all public sector projects regardless of its size from 2016. Inevitably, this has given rise to a high level of interest in BIM within the UK and elsewhere. Whilst BIM technologies have been used in a ‘lonely’ mode for a few years now in several countries, there is generally a lack of proper understanding and appreciation of processes, standards and protocols that need to be in place before a more holistic implementation can take place potentially benefitting all stakeholders in the procurement and operation & maintenance of an asset. There have been innumerable books, papers and reports published on the theoretical underpinnings of BIM technologies but relatively few have dealt with the more mundane practical issues around implementing BIM technologies and processes in a construction project. This books aims to fill that gap. Most of the material is country or technology-agnostic although some material may seem to be UK-centric. Even those parts of the book which may appear to be UK-centric will be relevant for any other country and could well be easily adapted. This book attempts to be of practical use to practicing engineers, architects, contractors as well as client organisations. However, it could also be of use to students of more advanced built environment courses. The book is organised into seven chapters and four appendices. They are organised purposely in such a way that any one of them could be read almost entirely on its own. However, it is recommended that everyone should read the first four introductory chapters (1–4) before embarking upon reading the other chapters individually. The first four chapters should hopefully help the reader develop an understanding of the main drivers and background behind-BIM-driven asset lifecycle management. In the process, it is hoped that a number of misconceptions and myths about BIM will be addressed helping the reader develop a proper understanding of the key issues and put the whole BIM story into perspective. The four appendices provide some very practical advice and material for implementation of BIM in projects. The central message of this book is that BIM is all about seamless information management for the entire lifecycle of an asset than simply information modelling at the design and construction stages.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherWhittles Publishing
    Number of pages144
    ISBN (Print)9781849951463
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Keywords

    • Construction projects, Level 2 BIM, Processes, BIM tools

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