BIM Workflow - From Design to Operation

NZ BIM Benchmark Survey 2018 Results have been released. Read the full report here

The big mover in the BIM industry is operational phase of assets; as organisations are coming to realise the benefits and savings of having their assets modeled and managed through the assets operation phase.

"Almost half of clients surveyed are integrating digital asset or spatial information with asset management systems. Across all clients surveyed, only 11% say they’re unlikely to start to integrate this information or that it’s not something they’re considering. This means that almost nine in ten clients are either integrating information now or open to doing so in the future."

SEG scope typically involves the design phase of building assets. SEG aspire to partner with project teams where whole life cycle is of building assets is modeled and managed from inception through to decommission.

This complete life asset management would be enabled by facilities operational managers coming to the table at an early stage of a project and working with design teams, particularly setting requirements for digital transfer of information between the design/construction and operation phases.

"Within the industry group, design has always been the main area where BIM is used across the project lifecycle. However, in 2018 we see an increase in use in the construct, and the operate phases. In particular, the industry group believes ie 'asset management and building (preventative) maintenance scheduling' are likely to see some of the strongest growth of all BIM uses in 2019."

Barriers to uptake among clients who haven’t already started integrating digital asset and spatial information include:

• Multi-layered systems customised to their needs and therefore a perception that existing tools

don’t (or can’t) meet their needs;

• Different systems that don’t integrate easily;

• A lack of experience in integrating digital spatial and asset information. This builds to a belief that

it is a difficult process, and suggests that an important workstream is helping clients work through

the detail of how to integrate multiple disparate systems.

The key issues to increased BIM use by the industry group include:

• A lack of coordination and interaction between parties;

• The need to rework models created by other parties, alongside the perception of costs of

using BIM;

• As a result there is a theme of having to switch between 2D and 3D outputs – meaning that the

benefits of BIM are not fully realised.

Collaboration and seamless transition between parties is critical in helping realise the value of BIM and reduce client perceptions of cost. More training and industry acceptance (once these collaboration issues are dealt with) are seen as the key factors to increasing BIM use within the industry."