Most people who’ve seen a building information model (BIM) will agree - they look cool. But realizing the potential value of BIM is not as immediately apparent as its cool factor.
Most designers and architects appreciate how software can help create a digital representation of the building process. A model covers more than just height, width, and depth; it also includes spatial relationships, light analysis, geographic information, quantities, and properties of building components.
The evolution from a 2D drawing to BIM—which can range from 4D to 7D depending on the model and the definition—is impressive in and of itself. But to really gain the most value from BIM, the process must be optimized.
A common data environment (CDE) connects teams, models, and all project data in one neutral and secure platform. A CDE helps facilitate end-to-end process management on the one platform, ensuring a single source of truth and audit trail. A CDE is critical to achieving the other steps described below.
Too often, the rich information captured in the model is held hostage. The use of BIM is largely limited to the design stage, and data often is available only to those with the licenses and know-how to access the complex proprietary authoring software. Project teams can make faster, more informed decisions—improving efficiency and quality—if the entire delivery team contributes to the model.
Information must be accessible and usable as projects increase in size and complexity. Projects benefit from the BIM model linking to associated information and communication, in addition to the appropriate team members having easy access to BIM when they need it.
Project-wide BIM participation also improves visibility and speeds processes. BIM provides a single source of truth and complete audit trail throughout the project, including handover and operations.
Here are three global leaders who are achieving award winning results using BIM to their advantage.
Richard Crookes Constructions (RCC) in Australia recognizes the importance of technology – specifically BIM. The company hired Tyrone Padayachee, a 15-year BIM veteran, to help digitize their workplace. RCC quickly achieved compelling results for their clients after hiring Padayachee.
The construction company is well on their way toward their goal of 95% BIM adoption within five years. Richard Crookes Constructions used the model management capability within Oracle Aconex to provide appropriate project members access to the models on their University of Technology Sydney project.
“The Oracle Aconex BIM module has the most current models uploaded at all times, so it’s always the most current single source of truth.”
Tyrone Padayachee, Digital Design Manager, RCC
Pingat XD managed the Learning Center Paris Saclay with team members while working in different BIM software. They needed a common data environment to test different 3D models using the IFC format. The client—and entire project—benefited by using the collaborative platform in the following ways:
EPC consultant Enprode needed a proven solution with robust BIM management capabilities. The consulting firm need help managing collaboration across a globally dispersed team tasked with building critical infrastructure projects.
Enprode identified potential conflicts earlier, reduced review cycle times, and made more informed decisions by using the Oracle Aconex. They achieved the following:
"With Oracle Aconex, not only can we share the model with anyone on the team, we can also share the valuable data associated with the model. Transferring all data from one company to another takes only a few minutes."
Deniz Asar, BIM Manager, Enprode
The value of BIM goes far beyond the rich data in and associated with the model; it’s about who has access to that information and what they do with it.
Learn more about using the model management capability within Oracle Aconex to bring the value of BIM to your entire project team and improve project delivery.
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