Since the concept of BIM (Building information modelling) the British Government have established a “push pull” strategy when it comes to BIM adoption. Whereas the concept of “Push Pull” doesn’t mean a lot to most people (and we must admit, we raised an eyebrow when we heard about it the first time as well…) it, after explanation, does make sense by the virtue that the Government have indeed been doing so over the past few years.
To explain it, one must consider the challenges that the Government has had to surmount when it comes to Building Information Modelling. A lot of it is reluctance. Put simply, the British Construction sector is in an awkward place presently. There are a lot of firms out there, yes – but not many accept change within the sector.
Therefore, the Government have had to “Push” the supply side of the industry to enable all of the players in this game to reach a minimum performance within BIM (as of October 2016, known as ‘Level 2’) by providing free access to a wealth of learning information which has been received rather well, in all truth, such as industry standard, guides, and training which allows operators to prove that they can support a simple delivery with BIM.
This was balanced with a “Pull” clientside.
The “Pull” was to require that firms specify, collect and use derived information in a manner that adds value to a project. A good example of which would be ascertaining and logging the materials involved in say, the construction of a brick wall. Nothing is finite of course, and one day our brick wall will rot away leaving a pile of rubble in its wake.
In BIM, this brick wall will be logged, and simple information will be added to this wall, in order to specify a very minimum the date of the construction and the firm which laid this wall. Therefore, in years to come, we will theoretically know when it’s time to pull down the brickwork and start again.
In this instance, the “pull” was for the firm to supply the manufacturer with much-needed information for absolutely everything within a building. Our brick wall may not amount to much, but as any good builder knows, it’s one of many parts of a project. Knowing absolutely everything about a building even years after its construction is remarkably valuable, and the construction industry is starting to recognise this – including Construction Companies in Conwy, North Wales such as Brenig Construction, who have implemented BIM since before there was a gigantic push toward this from the British Government.
Whether or not a company has familiarised itself with matters of BIM before it became industry standard, there is no disputing the value of this technological advance. And it seems that with the implementation of BIM Level 3 to come, the bar is only going to raise.
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