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The BIM management competency

As building information modelling develops, so too will the demand for its use on projects: stay on top by acquiring the relevant Building Surveying competency

Author:

  • Ewan Craig

08 October 2020

Building information modelling (BIM) management is one of the optional competencies on the Building Surveying APC pathway. BIM can help save costs, enabling more efficient design and improving the use of built assets throughout their lives; and as it becomes increasingly sophisticated, expectations from clients and the profession are also increasing.

The levels

  • At Level 1, you should demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the technical, process and collaborative aspects of using BIM on projects.
  • At Level 2, you should develop and apply management systems to facilitate the use of BIM on projects including unified control and reporting procedures.
  • At Level 3, you should show the knowledge and experience gained in this competency has been applied to advising clients or senior management on BIM strategy.

You should be familiar with the BIM issues in your final submission documents, and be ready to address questions on them and related issues.

Question

Actual questions for final assessment will be based on the candidate’s experience, which should be at Level 2 but could exceed this. An example at Level 2 is given below; the answer should explain the pertinent issues.

Q: Please explain how you applied BIM in project X to refurbish buildings and construct new ones on a public-sector site.

A: This ongoing project is quite large, involving the refurbishment of 11 buildings and the construction of a further eight, as well as associated infrastructure improvements, with an estimated construction value of £210m. As this is a centrally funded public-sector project it is mandatory for us to use BIM Level 2, satisfyingly we brought experience in BIM from similar construction work on this property portfolio.

I am part of the in-house project team assigned to BIM. I liaised with my organisation’s BIM manager to obtain our policy and strategy, the terms of reference and employer’s information requirements (EIRs). I also worked with the BIM manager to consider the ways in which the project modelling should be developed. I found that methodical preparation and communication are key to successful implementation, bringing the various stakeholders together at the early project stages.

Working to our BIM policy, BS EN ISO 19650 and the international standard Construction Operations Building Information Exchange, (including a compliant common data environment, capital phase and security), I developed the project-specific information development plan (IDP), aligned to the EIRs and endorsed by the BIM manager.

The IDP defined the schedules of information required at each stage of the RIBA Plan of Work. The schedules made it easier to answer the plain language questions, used to assure the project progression through the gateway reviews for each respective RIBA stage. This improved the gateway review efficiency and aided gateway decisions. Additionally, I developed the asset information requirements (AIRs), so that they met the organisational needs.

I found it was useful to apply lessons from similar previous projects in preparing the IDP and AIRs. I organised and led a series of workshops for the project team and stakeholders to develop and refine the AIRs and IDP. This included agreeing the information file and naming format; the federated design model for collaborative design development (a model with links to the separate disciplinary models) and 2D/3D outputs for AIRs.

The process was methodical, bringing together stakeholders to agree the depth of information to collect, as well as storage, access, collaboration, archiving, analysis, roles and reporting arrangements and responsibilities.

Care

Given the time constraints of the APC, your response should be brief but comprehensive; the answer given above is not exhaustive. Care should be taken to demonstrate your own skills, abilities and knowledge to the assessors.

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Related competencies include: BIM management

RICS’ International BIM Implementation Guide, 1st edition global guidance note

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