Our recent webinar – Better Information Management for the Public Sector – is packed with useful information. We’ve divided it into two sections.
The first section is presented by Adrian Burgess. Adrian is Technical Director at PCSG, a consultancy which provides information management services to organisations operating in the built environment.
Adrian explored what type of information an organisation needs to have. He examined, how, as a client organisation, you will need to create a set of information requirements at each stage that defines the information and data that you want. This can be re-used in your organisation to make it more effective.
He also looked at how to set out the framework to procure information from the supply chain. The methods standard and procedures set out in the framework ensure information is delivered and verified at the right time, so there is no delay due to missing information or misunderstandings.
Adrian then introduced how that information is managed, shared and controlled using information management systems, known as Common Data Environments (CDEs).
Various suppliers might use their own CDEs to work on their own information and models, then feed the final versions after contract into the Asset Information Management (AIM) CDE which the client uses for O&M.
The AIM CDE can then be integrated with organisational Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and other systems to better operate the asset and drive down costs.
PCSG recommend five key points for companies trying to choose between different CDE systems when implementing the BIM level 2 processes and procedures:
- An easy to use interface so you can procure information from suppliers without issues
- Must-have workflows to enable the acceptance of information and ideally some automatic verification around data to ensure what you receive matches what you specified – and is delivered on time
- Ability to store both data and documents securely
- It should be easy to use, with users being able to search for information quickly and navigate around 3D and 2D models or mapping views
- The information outputs should be able to integrate with your other systems through Application Program Interfaces (APIs).
Why did the UK Government introduce BIM Level 2 in 2016?
It started back in 2011, in the heart of the recession, in a bid to drive down the cost of public sector construction by up to 20%.
The government was advised about the productivity challenges within the construction industry, with 25-30% of construction costs due to incomplete and ambiguous information delaying delivery.
BIM Level 2 aims to put the enablers in place to control and assure the information, so it is available at the right time. Investing effort and time into the procurement of information up- will reduce mistakes during construction stages and eventually reduce the risk of errors as well as lowering costs.
Adrian rounded-off by introducing a couple of BIM level 2 success stories, and explaining how PCSG and the Government are now advancing towards a fully Digital Built Britain through BIM Level 3.
In the 2nd part of this webinar, GroupBC’s CTO, Stephen Crompton, discusses how BIM can help enable corporate governance, compliance and security of information. Learn more about Part 2 here.
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