BIM Institute gets a ‘thumbs up’ to list accredited companies

Vaughan Harris, Executive Director of the BIM Institute

The BIM Institute announced its intention to put in place a company listing page on their website for companies that are internationally certified or BIM accredited – at no cost.

“We want to give companies in South Africa public awareness and create a platform for public and private companies to start engaging with BIM-compliant organisations” explains Vaughan Harris, Executive Director of the BIM Institute.

The end of 2016 left many of us feeling overwhelmed and a little “BIMboozled”, but we need to take a step back and remind ourselves why we need to transform and adopt processes like BIM in the first place.

BIM Institute: Listing accredited companies with an international BIM framework in place.

In recent developments there has been discussions among various private and public sectors to list companies that have or are in the process of upskilling their internal resources around BIM best practice.

The long-term vision for this strategy is to create public awareness of the companies who are not only optimising the technical operation side of its business, but are also creating a platform for private and public companies to start engaging with BIM-compliant organisations.

The BIM BAM BOOM workshops run by the BIM Institute are in partnership with White Frog in the UK. The White Frog team of authors is a group of independent consultants and recognised experts-in-practice pushing the boundaries of BIM.

The White Frog international training content is set out to create new training material for the processes around BIM and to break down several of the preconceived rules surrounding training delivery. Their  training courseware takes the stance of teaching BIM methodology and processes using the available tools in task-based modules. In this way, delegates and students learn best practice in tandem with a design application.

Why apply for BIM Institute accreditation?

  • Removes the requirement for the employer to carry out a BIM capability assessment.

  • Demonstrates compliance with international BIM standards and the ability to meet certain BIM requirements for tenders.

  • Speeds up the tendering process, saving businesses time & money.

  • Helps your company to stand out from the competition, showing you are ready for business.

The accreditation covers the following areas:

  1. Basic understanding of Building Information Modelling, its benefits, technology and protocols.

  2. Understand BIM terminology.

  3. Foundation to establish and execute a BIM Execution Plan (BEP), Common  Data Environment (CDE) and Employers Information Requirements (EIR).

  4. Strategies for engaging and motivating employees to foster new ideas, identify solutions in the workplace.

  5. Review of local project case studies

What certification do you need for attendance?

Any individual or organisation who is responsible for the production of design outputs, project planning or estimating or any related discipline-specific, package-based or time-based task on a project where BIM is being implemented.

If your are considering BIM accreditation for your business, please contact the BIM Institute for more information and ask about our customised workshops that are available for companies or groups.

How does BIM ensure better project management and execution?

A recent discussion with Ralph Montague, Managing Partner with Arcdox, Ireland, summed it:

“A lot of what the BIM process is trying to do is not really that new. It is stuff we have been doing, or should have been doing anyway, as part of good design or project management.  It might just have a fancy new name or standardised acronym that you need to get used to.”

When you look at a typical project, it would go through the following steps: design brief; tender, revision, contract; and execution.

A similar process is applied in a BIM environment: from employer information requirement (EIR) to asset information management (AIM).

First the client defines their information requirements in the EIR document and digital plan work (DPow).

Suppliers (designers and contractors) document how they will deliver on the requirements in a BIM execution plan (BEP). There is a lighter version of this as part of the initial tender (pre-contract BEP) and a more detailed version once appointed (post-contract BEP).

Clients confirm the capability of the team, through pre-qualification questionnaires (PQQs), and BIM capability assessments. The collection of all the capability assessments for the full project team resource appointed is called the project implementation plan (PIP).

The information contract is agreed between the parties. This is called the BIM protocol and includes a model production delivery table (MPDT), which is an initial high-level list of information deliverables – later expanded in more detail as a master information delivery plan (MIDP)(see below).

A Project Information Manager (usually the lead designer at design stage, and the main contractor at construction stage), is put in charge of the information delivery process and given specific duties.

In order to easily and continuously coordinate, collaborate, share and check the information provided, a carefully-managed central repository of approved project information is put in place – the common data environment (CDE). This is managed by the Project Information Manager (see 5 above). The CDE includes graphical and non-graphical data and documents. At the design/ construction stage, the information in the CDE is called the project information model (PIM) and at post-construction or operations phase, it becomes the asset information model (AIM).”

About the BIM Institution

The BIM Institute’s vision is to establish itself as a unique resource for industry experts.

BIM professionals provide unbiased information on industry processes, compliant software standards and software certifications and by creating platforms for professionals to collaborate and network with peers who share similar job responsibilities and industry information technology challenges.

As a result of bringing together all key stakeholders – products, solution providers, senior analysts and industry professionals – a dynamic community can be formed.

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