BIM is a standard, a way of working, not a task

BIM is about DATA. The collection of data and the ability to store and share that data easily. Some construction project data comes in the form of models but also in many other forms. A planning application document is data. A building product spec sheet is data. A labourer’s timesheet is data. The most important […]

What will be the driving force behind a digitally built Britain

The first target date for BIM being a mandatory requirement was back in 2016. What’s so frustrating is the misconception carried across the industry, by those who aren’t fully aware of what it means to be working ‘to BIM’. This is probably due to the way in which the first iteration of a standard was […]

Why data is the construction industry’s answer to climate change

Over the last two decades, built environment emissions have reduced by 30%. However, the vast majority of this can be attributed to a reduction in operational emissions rather than the improvement of energy efficiency in our buildings. We know that newer buildings are more energy efficient and the past 10 years has seen a gear […]

Robots and blockchain BIM feature on social housing framework

Suppliers for the Social Housing Emerging Disruptors (SHED) framework have been specifically selected for their future-thinking ways of working with technology to create greater efficiency, safety and sustainability for tenants. There are 18 innovations on the framework including: Q-Bot underfloor insulation-spraying robot; Bimdl, a blockchain-backed building information modelling (BIM) solution; Power Circle Projects, which provides […]

Digital twins: Taking construction to the next level

In the past few years, the term digital twin has very much been something new for many in the construction industry but across other industries, the term has been used for some time. The beginning of the term digital twin was coined as far back as the 1990s, where work was undertaken at Yale University […]

Lonely BIM: Adoption, engagement and Better Information Management

BIM requires people to change the way they do things and, as with any change, there needs to be a tangible business driver for it to be sustainable. The adoption of BIM within housing has suffered from the perception that it is a technology, largely one around 3D modelling, so other people in the businesses engaged in […]

Construction projects: Accurate, standardised and robust data

Many organisations are beginning to win the war on data governance, with mature data structures, well-defined libraries and efficient, accessible digital systems in place for data submission. Yet, the battle to obtain accurate data from the supply chain persists. Focus on this weak point is essential if industry is to truly embed data-driven practices. Historically, […]

HS2 relaunches BIM upskilling platform for its supply chain

HS2 has relaunched its online BIM upskilling platform, providing free-to-access e-learning and resources to the mega-project’s supply chain. There are 11 e-learning courses currently available, and they range from developing a BIM execution plan, via BIM documentation and roles and responsibilities, to understanding HS2’s information delivery cycle. The website also includes a jargon buster. “I’m […]

Never let a good crisis go to waste

As members of our regional Chamber of Commerce, AIMIS were asked to give comment on the current climate, specifically for the construction industry and how they can utilise technology to bounce back from the pressures it’s faced during the ongoing pandemic. Traditionally, construction clients and their supply chain have been slow to adopt digital processes […]

Long-awaited International BIM standards published

The long-awaited first two parts of a new international BIM standard have been published, providing a framework for managing information through collaborative working using BIM. They form part of ISO 19650 – organisation and digitisation of information about buildings and civil engineering works, including building information modelling. The move marks the transition from the PAS […]