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Monday, December 27, 2010

Building information modeling can lead to lifecycle cost savings – Daily Commercial News

So now the truth comes out. Any architect over the next few years who continues to use 2D CAD is basically telling his client that he doesn't care about the long term use of the client's building and money. I'm sure those using BIM will be educating their clients and prospects at every presentation. You basically have two choices. One is to be proactive and take advantage of this new technology. The other is to be reactive and keep telling yourself that you don't need to spend any money on technology, hardware, software, training, implementation or support. Firms like mine will be too busy helping your competitors anyway, so keep doing what you're doing.

Welcome to the world of BIM - "Brings In Money"!

Source: http://dcnonl.com/article/id42141

December 20, 2010

Building information modeling can lead to lifecycle cost savings

Given that more than 80 per cent of the total lifecycle costs associated with a facility occur post-construction, building owners and operators stand to reap benefits from adoption of building information modeling (BIM).

“The use of models in day-to-day practices, including good data management practices, will leave an owner-operator well informed about the actual current state of their facility assets,” says John Dickinson, a research officer at the Centre for Computer-assisted Construction Technologies in London, Ont.

“They will be far less likely to be blindsided by surprises, more capable of making better use of their existing facilities and have analytical backing of decisions.”

John Dickinson

Dickinson, whose centre is affiliated with the Institute for Research in Construction, told a session at Construct Canada that there is “pretty damning evidence” why building owners and operators should care about BIM.

“Facility information in BIM specifications empowers owners and operators to take advantage of a growing breadth of available software tools with application to everything from energy efficiency, asset location, security and health and safety to predictive HVAC response without re-entering data.”

Nevertheless, there are several “notable” hurdles that have to be overcome before the benefits of BIM can be fully realized, Dickinson said in an interview.

For starters, he said, BIM interoperability specifications are still not well supported by many existing facility management tools “though that is changing, especially as the COBie (construction operations building information exchange) specification is adopted.

“Most systems used for maintenance, operations, marketing...remain disparate and information is duplicated in each by hand entry.”

Dickinson, a professional engineer by training, said one approach that is being adopted is to gather and manage the data as much as possible in open standards “so that as BIM-capable tools and upgrades become available and are adopted over the lifecycle of the facility, the data is immediately available for use.

As well, Dickinson said, staff need to be given processes that include explicit steps for capturing and using the BIM data for a facility. They also need to be given training and tools to make those steps yield added value.

“These steps need to ensure the data is routinely captured and made available for gaining insight into a facility’s performance and foresight to improve future returns on their investment.”

Dickinson said data is not available on how many building owners and operators in Canada currently are making use of building information models. But he noted that a 2009 report carried out in the United States found that more than one-third of owners there currently are using BIM.

The mandate of the Centre for Computer-assisted Construction Technologies is to explore how best to apply information and communication technologies to address issues facing Canada’s construction industry. The Institute for Research in Construction is affiliated with the National Research Council Canada.

Original: Building information modeling can lead to lifecycle cost savings – Daily Commercial News


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