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Processes & Technology

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Processes around BIM and digital management are a crucial aspect of implementation, and are completely inseparable to the technology used. 
BIM processes and technology can be thought about under 5 headings:

  • EIR (Employer Information Requirements): what is required and what are the stated deliverables? 
  • Production of information: including who leads on authoring deliverables, production of models, including specification information, providing information for the ‘in use’ phase of an asset. 
  • Use of information, or use of BIM: for instance, in relation to the planning, costing and monitoring of works. This also looks like how you use information to manage risks (e.g. CDM / H&S). Do operatives have access to the correct information on site?
  • Analysis of information: including the use of model based analysis tools and what the process is for coordinating geometric information on a project.
  • Management of information: a crucial aspect of BIM and digital maturity is information management. This includes the fundamental processes for information management which are checking, sharing (e.g. product info, raw data files) and file naming. It also includes how you work with others and other aspects of the project: your use of a CDE (Common Data Environment), working with your supply chain and managing inventory/logistics. 

For all the above pieces of the BIM puzzle, different organisations in the supply chain will have different roles to play depending on their design capability.

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Key terms: design capability, EIR, production, use, analysis, management