On Wednesday we held our latest #BIM4M2chat, talking to Paul Surin (Head of Built Environment at Wienerberger and Vice Chair of BIM4M2) about what the BIM Level 2 deadline means for product manufacturers.
We asked Paul to provide further information on each question – here are his full detailed answers:
Please can you introduce yourself?
I am Paul Surin and I am heading Built Environment at Wienerberger. I am also Vice Chair of BIM4M2, Built Environment Executive at the Institute of Engineering and Technology, B/555 Technical Expert and CEN/TC 442 Technical Expert within Working Groups 3 and 4.
What is BIM Level 2?
BIM (Building Information Management / often referred as Model, Modelling, Management) is a framework that encourages collaboration and simplifies the construction process so that we minimise wastage of lost time and materials. So it is not a single software solution or 3D CAD although they form elements of BIM.
That’s BIM and now BIM Level 2 – BIM Level 2 maturity is a process or series of domain and federated series of models. These models consist graphical and non-graphical information and would have been collected via a Common Data Environment. There are also other requirements such as BEP (BIM Execution Plan), EIR (Employers Information Requirements) with clear definitions and decision points.
What is the BIM Level 2 government initiative?
It is the method of working and collaborating with all stakeholders throughout the lifecycle of project that has been set as a minimum target by the UK Government for all work on public sector work.
How will the BIM Level 2 government initiative affect the construction industry?
Hopefully it will make the industry more efficient, collaborative, reduce CAPEX, RISK, improve carbon and environmental performance, close the gap between the as built and as designed performance, provides more effective FM.
What will this mean for product manufacturers?
Now is the time manufacturers can help shape BIM, we want to be at the forefront of making the construction industry more efficient
Manufacturers play a vital role in the creation of models with clear, concise, structured and relevant product data embedded, all allowing for our customers to make an informed investment decision.
There are variable costs for entry but can we afford not to?
The role of a manufacturer:
- To provide impartial advice as to process and content
- Develop the best performing content possible
- Establish new concepts / ideas
- To show what good and efficient construction process looks like
- Help bridge the training gap
- Encourage BIM adoption
What will this mean for the rest of the supply chain?
The rest of the supply will have to be up-skilled to the use and handle of the digital information and digital assets. Different stakeholders will need different digital information and a different format and this is the challenge.
How can product manufacturers ensure they are compliant?
At the moment? They cannot, however the latest initiative between CPA, BIM4M2 should bring some consistency and clarity to it.
Will product manufacturers lose out if they aren’t BIM Level 2 complaint? If so, how?
Yes, I believe so and why? Without BIM objects and an understanding of BIM, Manufacturers will NOT have an access to the £44 billion spent each year on UK government procured contracts.
What is next for BIM and construction?
As the process continues to progress among companies in AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction), construction-technology providers continue to develop and release updated products to enable the industry to do more and enable level of consistency. We are seeing new stakeholders in the construction such as gaming companies. BIM is certainly not a new process in construction, but more often teams are seeking out ways to incorporate more data into the process through 4D scheduling, 5D estimating, gaming 3D realities.
Where can product manufacturers find further information and support?
Manufacturers can talk to BIM4M2, myself, the second vice Chair Steve Thompson or our chairman Chris Witte. Wienerberger also chair the Home4Life Consortium which consists of 20 manufacturers and we have been developing a BIM Level 2 house concept.
If you’d like to see the twitter conversation there are highlights here
Seminar for Manufacturers Next Week
BIM4M2 have also partnered with the Construction Products Association (CPA) to host an informative CPD event on 13 April in London, providing an overview of BIM requirements for manufacturers. Find out more here.