BIM Regions Blog
In December 2017 Ireland’s National BIM Council published the Roadmap to Digital Transition For Ireland’s Construction Industry 2018-2021. The release of the roadmap is seen as a positive leap towards BIM focused technologies & workflows in Ireland. The 2021 Vision set out in the roadmap aims to increase collaboration, reduce design & construction time and connect information digitally. The roadmap is underpinned by the BIM Innovation Capability Programme, a global study researching how other countries are approaching BIM at a national scale. The roadmap channels this global research by identifying Leadership, Standards, Education & Procurement as the four main areas to drive the construction sector to digitisation in Ireland.
“The future is already here,
it’s just not very evenly
distributed”. – William Ford Gibson
The key targets of the roadmap aim for open standard 3D models to be used within a planning or building compliance context. This will support automated processes and drive efficiencies within public departments. Over 30% in a process can be wasteful labour or materials, the roadmap aims to bring this down to 20% and in turn reducing construction costs. This will be implemented through driving education across all business sizes from Large Multi nationals to Small & Medium Enterprises. The SME consideration is mentioned significantly throughout the roadmap to support training. Ireland accounts for 12% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Europe yet only 1% of GDP, this is a good opportunity to increase construction exports through goods and services in overseas markets. Reducing delivery time of projects by 20% across the design and construction phase will bring further efficiencies to the industry. Centralising project information and digital collaboration is key to driving this time reduction. Contributing digital information from our construction data is valuable to smart growth, communities and cities. This will support Ireland being a key leader of digital transformation across Europe and globally.
To achieve the roadmap targets, leadership within the public and private supply chain will create a frame to support the industry. While adopting standards in line with International and EU Standards to ensure Ireland can increase collaboration, through open standards and similar documents in line with PAS1192. Having this common standard enhances construction information being shared and the opportunity for exporting construction services. An education and training initiative that includes SME’s is noted as being an important element to drive the digital transition. The final part of the roadmap targets procurement as the area to drive a Government Mandate. Several publicly procured projects have already mandated BIM and are being used as pilot schemes. The Grangegorman redevelopment in Dublin is a €2 Billion public project that has had several stages of completed construction in the past 12 months. This project is seen as a key driver of BIM in Ireland.
To support the 20% time reduction, 20% exports increase and 20% cost reduction a wider uptake of technology and education can support this achievable target within Ireland. As we move forward to teach and support companies moving to BIM, the technology and support are intricate elements to make the roadmap successful.
MSc. BIM, BSc. Arch. Tech. (Hons)
Image Sources: National BIM Council, www.nbcireland.ie
Download PDF Roadmap Document: Roadmap to Digital Transition For Ireland’s Construction Industry 2018-2021
Purpose of BIM regions...
The BIM Regions are a collaboration of specialist interest groups who will champion BIM in their respective specialist areas. Their purpose is to raise awareness of BIM, promoting a shared understanding of the value proposition and issues affecting the implementation of BIM in their respective areas of interests.
The BIM Regions will seek to develop consistency of messaging in a clear and concise manner to support both new and existing professionals in their respective BIM journeys.
Values of BIM Regions
- BIM Regions will focus on the goal of promoting BIM adoption and providing support on an industry-wide basis with no single bias to any one platform, group or company.
- BIM Regions' work will be mutually supportive and collaborative; they will share instances of best practice to benefit the greater good.
- BIM Regions will be the forum for all specialist interest groups aiming to coordinate BIM activities; they will do this by working together and pooling resources to provide an effective and practical conduit that is both knowledge-based and current
What is BIM?
- BIM is a digital representation of the functional aspects of an asset and, as appropriate, its disposal and/or recycling.
- BIM is a process for creating and measuring cooperation; it enables greater levels of collaboration and better working practices across the industry and through the supply chain
- BIM is an improved way of working; it reduces waste, mitigates risk and leads to tangible efficiency savings in both capital and operational expenditure.
- BIM is a shared knowledge centre for information about an asset and helps develop processes that cover the whole life cycle of a building or asset
Desired End Result
Instilling the adoption of BIM across the communities is as much a cultural challenge as a technical one. The BIM Regions have a vital role in facilitating culture change whilst ensuring that the industry is equipped with the skills required to take up the BIM challenge as it spreads into the digital revolution that will be a transformation for the industry.