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Monday, June 29, 2009

Wisconsin becomes the first state to require BIM on large, public projects - - Blog on Building Design & Construction - 1340000734

...I've been doing this Revit/BIM blogging thing for a while now and I can dishonestly tell you, I never saw this coming....

Jeff Yoders

Jun 27 2009 10:50AM By Jeff Yoders

reposted from: http://www.bdcnetwork.com/blog/1340000734/post/1190046119.html?

As of July 1 the Wisconsin Division of State Facilities will require all projects with a total budget of $5 million or more and all new construction with a budget of $2.5 million or more to have their designs begin with a Building Information Model.

The new guidelines and standards require A/E services in a design-bid-build project delivery format to use BIM and 3D software from initial planning concepts up to bidding documents and finally to project closeout. There are 5 projects over the $5 Million threshold up for A/E selection in the next few months, followed by 18 more expected between 2009 and 2011. The projects include new and existing construction for 16 state agencies including the Department of Military Affairs, Department of Administration, Department of Corrections, and also the University of Wisconsin system.

Public comments are now being taken on the new BIM standards and guidelines at the DFS website.

Two thoughts on this.

1.) By going through a thorough pilot program that delivered 13 projects worth a combined $300 million since 2008, the Wisconsin DFS is in a good position to make this requirement. They know what to expect and how BIM projects should be delivered.

2.) Requiring BIM will force a lot of architects and engineers that bid on state contracts to make the switch to 3D design. Overall this is a good thing, but there will be unintended consequences. The new guidelines don't require integrated project delivery so there's a potential for "BIMwashing" using traditional 2D documents just as we've seen greenwashing in sustainable projects.


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