The UK BIM buzz

23/04/2013 2665


il BIM nel Regno Unito è in gran movimento e negli ultimi 12 mesi il 'cosa' e il 'perché' di BIM sono stati in gran parte sostituiti con un'altra posizione: il 'come'.

La rivoluzione BIM nel Regno Unito è senza dubbio irreversibile, anche se  questo viaggio nel futuro si può dire ancora nella sua "infanzia". Il grande sforzo che si sta compiento in UK  è ora quello di sostenere e demistificare BIM lungo tutta la catena di approvvigionamento, in particolare delle PMI e la produzione comunitaria, che sono di vitale importanza per lo sviluppo del progetto BIM .

Riportiamo qui un articolo di David Philp (Chair, BIM2050 Group; Head of BIM, Mace; seconded into the Cabinet Office as Head of BIM Implementation)

UK BIM has been on the move in the last 12 months, and the 'what' and the 'why' of BIM have largely been relegated and replaced with the 'how'. Our BIM revolution is undoubtedly irreversible and is starting to become imbued in the 21st Century way of digitally creating and maintaining our built environment. However, it is also fair to say that this journey is still in its infancy and whilst many are moving on (relatively unscathed) and upwards from the BIM foothills, we also need to recognise that there is a long tail. We need to support and demystify BIM throughout the entire supply chain, especially the SME and manufacturing community, who are vitally important in the UK's whole sector approach to BIM. Likewise, we need to ensure that schools and academia alike are providing industry with a new generation who are 'integrators', who can deliver better business outcomes in an age of information technology.

We should, as an industry, be especially proud of what has been achieved and indeed many industry commentators are now asserting that the UK has become the world leader in BIM through adoption and the central government policy and the requirements of the Government Construction Strategy. This hypothesis was reinforced by Fiatech, an international community working together to lead global development and adoption of innovative practices and technologies; Fiatech recognized both the HM Government and UK industry for their leadership in advancing technology and improving productivity in capital projects by awarding the James B. Porter, Jr. Award for Technology Leadership. The award also recognises the positive engagement of Government with industry, who are working together well.

Whilst the enabling technologies and our data sets are a big part of BIM, it has been that level of engagement and open (at times radical) collaboration that has been the big win. Through communities such as the #ukbimcrew (on Twitter), the CIC BIM Regional Hubs and BIM4 working groups such the BIM4SMEs, we are seeing a cultural shift in sharing and creating networks for the common good.

Our industry is changing rapidly and collectively we are shaping a new future. What will it look like? What changes do we need to make now for a better future? What role will BIM play? These are the challenges that another working group, BIM2050, are tackling. This foresight group made up of 20 young professionals from across 11 different professional institutes is aiming to provide a vision of the future and predict the trends in BIM maturity as we move on from Level 2 BIM, enabling others to shape the opportunity for a fully integrated industry.

With the Level 2 BIM model and deliverables from the BIM Task Group now complete and anchored, and with the publication of PAS1192:2 and the BIM protocol, many are asking where the next turnpike will take us.

A recent HM Government report highlighted the need to 'help create the future by continually developing our capabilities' in BIM. With the BIM Task Group releasing the 'Labs' space on the website, a 'beta' version which is published with the intention of eliciting feedback to assist in final testing before official (production) release, we can start to see what could be next and what a 'digital Plan of Work' could help achieve in a world of digitally enabled transactions.

We will also likely go full circle this year and return to the 'what' and the 'why' questions in relation to Level 3 BIM and what needs to be done to help ensure we stay at the vanguard of UK BIM maturity. Ultimately, the best way to predict an integrated BIM future is to create it!