BIM collaboration in times of new laws, requirements and guidelines
19/09/2019

BIM collaboration in times of new laws, requirements and guidelines


The construction, infrastructure and energy sectors were once able to keep the digital revolution at a distance. Now the industry sees the changes coming twice as fast. There is now an extra focus on a structured and digital way of recording and completing design, construction, financing and maintenance phases of projects. A BIM collaboration platform is now an essential part of any major construction or engineering project. Below we will look at how project managers, stakeholders and teams can incorporate BIM construction management into their best practice.

The Importance of clear agreements and good cooperation

Due to the increasingly strict demands governing large construction projects, it is important for the parties involved to adjust their way of working accordingly. Do you want to be eligible for an assignment? Then you must demonstrably meet and be able to respond to the various set of requirements and contract forms that are linked to the entire project. This includes the Design Build Finance Maintain (DBFM) method, the energy performance coefficient (EPC) and public-private partnership (PPP). The project plans accurately describe the desired method and intended cooperation for the way in which collaborative parties must make their information available. A Common Data Environment (CDE), in accordance with PAS 1192-2, ISO19652 or ISO27001, increasingly applies as a starting point.

Most commonly used methods
To be eligible for an assignment for a major construction project, clients will increasingly demand that you meet the requirements of:

- International accreditation: Construction projects are increasingly cross-border, with international teams in several different countries common-place. It is crucial that projects can be brought to their conclusion with clarity and a good overview for all parties involved. The international standards organisation BuildingSMART is just one example of this. Organisations such as this form the base for collaborative BIM best practices.

- ISO and PAS: Contractors are increasingly working in accordance with the first two levels of standardisation; ISO 19650 and PAS 1192-2 / 3 being two examples. These are intrinsic to forming good BIM collaboration practices and are particularly useful for guidance during the tender process. 

- BIM Collaboration: Project teams are well aware that collaboration will achieve successful results. Clear records of information flows, agreements and progress is essential and BIM collaboration often serves as a basis for this. Every building is as strong as its foundation, and BIM collaboration proves this.

To be able to estimate the impact these standards and requirements will have on a project leads to a much more fluid build process. These standards and rules provide insight in which direction the market is moving and what your organisation must meet to be eligible for a specific assignment.

Our BIM Standards and Practices whitepaper expands on the points above further, and is particularly useful for teams who are looking to embark of the digitisation afforded by a BIM collaboration platform. Read further here.

Author: Judith Kana, thinkproject BeNeLux
Photo Credit: Lance Anderson on Unsplash

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