Common Data Environment Management

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The future of construction is in data

The common misconception is that BIM is all about models. To try and counter this, we like to promote that the M in BIM should stand for management, rather than modelling. BIM is Building Information Management – where the information is derived from data and documentation from every stage of the project lifecycle, not just models.

Traditionally, project information collated through the various stages of a construction project has caused much frustration when it comes to the building handover. Too often there is a lack of any structure due to it being gathered from a vast number of different sources in an inconsistent way. It will be largely unsearchable and because it hasn’t been managed throughout and updated as necessary, it will be flawed, full of gaps and ultimately, considered unreliable come project handover.

The most important element of a BIM enabled project is the quality of the data which is held for that project. That data should cover the project’s whole lifecycle, from planning application through to a digital O&M manual.

In today’s world, digital management of data allows repetitive tasks to be automated, increasing efficiency and ensuring accuracy. Introducing structure and search functionality allows for reliable data at handover, but it also ensures ease of access to data which can be used and re-used for multiple purposes throughout the project lifecycle.

The process of creating and managing all that data is what BIM is all about. The digital methods of sharing and storing data for easy access and the process of managing the data within one central environment is what’s known as the project’s Common Data Environment (CDE).

A BIM compliant project requires a CDE that will;

  • Allow all project information to be easily searchable
  • Ensure all information is reliable
  • Ensure all information is current and up to date
  • Ensure all information is suitable for its specific purpose
  • Ensure a full information audit trail exists
  • Allow for collaborative behaviour between all parties

There are several digital solutions on the market to manage a CDE, each with a range of benefits to suit different project requirements. AIMIS can advise on the best software choice for your business’ needs and can work with your team to set up a system within a process framework that is compliant with ISO 19650 standards.

Our experience across each of the available software solutions allows us to not just select the right one for your needs, but also to train your team to utilise it to its full potential, and our knowledge of the requirements of the ISO 19650 standard will ensure the resulting system is fully compliant.