Welcome to the February 2015 issue of BIM Today.
This is an exciting time in the BIM world. The NBS BIM Toolkit is on track for a Spring launch which should see a simplified, standardised, and digitally enabled classification system and digital plan of works tool. Our opening article is from Stephen Hamil, Director of Design and Innovation at NBS outlining the aims of the BIM Toolkit and also the call for industry to get involved in its development.
It isn’t just the BIM Toolkit to look forward to – BSI will also be releasing a new suite of standards. Anthony Burd, Head of Market Development, and Stephanie Kosandiak, Lead Programme Manager for Construction at BSI have contributed a really helpful article outlining all the key BIM standards currently in use, but also the upcoming ones too, including ‘PAS 1192-5 Specification for security-minded BIM, digital built environments and smart asset management.’ Whether you’re new to BIM or not, this article will act as a handy reference tool.
Any newcomer to BIM will undoubtedly have many questions relating to the first steps in terms of what tools and skills are required, and of course, how much it will cost. CIRIA have developed some guidance which may help to answer these questions. Bill Healy, their Chief Executive, explains the ‘BIM Cube’, which aims to provide different stakeholders at different stages in the BIM process the insights they need.
This edition of BIM Today has three articles from BIM4M2. The first is from Steve Thompson, the BIM4M2 Chair who evaluates the product information required and how it can be delivered. Richard Blakesley, Chair of BIM4M2 Education Group, describes how the group works to educate, inform and encourage action to satisfy a BIM journey. And finally, Chris Witte, BIM4M2 Steering Group examines the recent BIM survey by Chris Ashworth, BIM4M2 Promotions Working Group Chair and Director of Competitive Advantage.
Elsewhere in the publication we also look at two very different case studies, highlighting how a government department and a local council are implementing BIM. The first is from Karen Alford, BIM Project Executive at the Environment Agency discussing what is essential for a client who is implementing BIM in their organisation. The second is from Carl Green, Head of Engineering Services for Wyre Council, who follows the progress throughout the construction and operation of the Fylde Peninsula Coastal Programme – the world’s first BIM coastal defence scheme.
I am certain that whatever your discipline, you will find something of interest in this edition, and I welcome any feedback you may have.