How BIM Will Change Processes and Behaviours in Reality: A Research Project

How BIM Will Change Processes and Behaviours in Reality: A Research Project

Clarkson Alliance (as lead partner), Kier (as software partner) and Worthing Homes (as host project partner) are currently undertaking a Technology Strategy Board funded research project “to establish the changes in dynamics and behaviours across the construction supply chain to unlock new, more efficient and collaborative ways of working with Building Information Modelling (BIM)”. The core objective of the project is to understand the changes in process and behaviours needed to work in a Level 2 BIM environment i.e. where a range of authoring tools – Autodesk Revit, Microsoft Excel, etc – are being used by the project team to import data to, and export data from, a single, federated BIM model held on a central ‘middleware’ platform, in this case Kier’s BimXtra software. The Technology Strategy Board first awarded us the grant in October last year and it was only confirmed last month, once a suitable host project had been found. The project has been provided by Worthing Homes and is a Sheltered Housing scheme called the Meadow Road project. Since then work has quickly progressed, the initial focus being on compiling a BIM Protocol based on the CIC template and a set of Employer’s Information Requirements (EIR) based on the requirements of PAS 1192-2:2013. A significant early change in the usual dynamics and behaviours has been a move away from a single stage design and build tender to a two stage tender. In a design and build contract clients often seek to transfer the design risk to the winning bidder, however with powerful visualisation and clash detection tools such as Autodesk Navisworks design issues can be quickly...