Companies are slowly moving towards BIM Level 2 and beyond, however there are still many companies remaining reluctant to change. This article explores why companies should be implementing BIM Level 2 and BIM Level 3 in their businesses by briefly explaining BIM and answering the following questions: What are BIM Levels? What are the advantages of implementing BIM Level 2 and beyond? And what solutions do we offer? Keep reading to learn how BIM Levels 2 and 3 can help you to #ONEUPYOURBUSINESS!
BIM (Building Information Modelling) is mainly defined as a process of planning, design, implementation and maintenance of a building that uses the information model of a building containing all the information regarding its entire lifecycle. To simplify this definition, you can think of it as an online document where you can share, view, edit, embed national information such as images, links, videos but instead it is a 3D model.
3D Models can help you to centralise all your information making it easier for you to share, update, collaborate, add additional data that everyone involved can have access to in one location.
WHAT ARE BIM LEVELS?
The UK government sets out to modernise the Construction Industrty with the adoption of BIM technology and push the industry to be fully collaborative. Milestones in the form of levels have been created that range from 0 to 3 to define how collaborative projects are. Below we introduce the levels and the collaboration level associated with them:
LEVEL 0 (LOW COLLABORATION)
- No collaboration at all
- Models are just plain 2D CAD drawings
- Output and distribution is mainly via paper and electronic prints
LEVEL 1 (PARTIAL COLLABORATION)
- Limited collaboration
- 3D CAD is used for conceptual designs and shared across different parties by using a common data environment, but 2D CAD remains at the forefront of drafting
LEVEL 2 (GREATER COLLABORATION)
- More collaboration
- Every party involved in the process uses 3D models to work
- Any CAD software that each party uses must be capable of exporting to one of the common file formats such as IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) or COBie (Construction Operations Building Information Exchange)
- Mandatory for government construction projects in the United Kingdom and other countries
LEVEL 3 (FULL COLLABORATION)
- The pinnacle of collaboration
- All parties share the exact same model in a central repository with version control systems to prevent conflicts
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF IMPLEMENTING BIM LEVEL 2 AND BEYOND?
Despite the steady increase in companies moving towards BIM Level 2, many companies remain reluctant to adapt and move towards a full collaborative workflow. And with the UK planning a Green Industrial Revolution and a National Digital Twin, it is hard to deny that the future is transforming into a modern and more digital space.
The focus of the future is seeing the development of smart buildings and infrastructure, sensor-driven environments, autonomous machinery, and artificial intelligence. BIM is just a small step in the technology advancement of the UK's plans and as the government plans on advancing to BIM Level 3, we list of the advantages as to why you should be implementing BIM Level 2 and beyond into your business in order to improve your workflow and data management:
- Greater collaboration: BIM Level 2 and Level 3 places all the data from a project in a centralised location offering greater collaboration as it enables all parties involved in a project e.g. surveyors, architects, suppliers, and contractors, etc., to access all the documentation for the project in one place. This improves communication and makes data easily shareable and easier to add more information, creating openness and transparency and improved productivity
- Enhances data handling and management: Effective management of vast amounts of data can change the work methodology of various people working on a project or multiple projects at a time. As BIM allows all the data to be accessed in a centralised location this helps to reduce data loss and can even boost the demand for more additional data due to the easier shareability, quick access, and efficiency
- Helps to deliver higher quality projects: Due to enhanced data handling and effective management of the data this will help you to deliver higher quality projects as BIM can help everyone understand the project better and gain accurate visual insights of the project. People can even start to consider the environment especially when designing complex buildings and facilities
- Boosts productivity: Another advantage of using BIM is that because information can be shared more efficiently and easier this in turn boosts productivity. This is due to it taking less time to exchange information, to edit, or make any changes and admentants. With increased productivity and collaboration this can also lower costs and save time whilst also helping projects being planned at greater efficiency
- Improves efficiency: not only can BIM Level 2 and BIM Level 3 boost productivity and collaboration improving the efficiency of projects, but BIM software tools can also detect and identify clashes which also improves planning helping in delivering higher quality projects
- Provides visualisation before project commences: The Construction Industry as an example can use 3D models to gain an idea of how projects are going to look even before you have started excavating, providing you with visualisation opportunities to make any amendments to the design and help the client to see the bigger picture
- Fewer errors: As BIM can boost productivity, any problems can be spotted early on and adjustments can be made. BIM also provides more accurate cost estimation, improved collaboration, better scheduling, helping projects to have fewer errors than if you were try to manage all of the data in a more traditional way without BIM