Using 3D modelling software, layering it with data, and working very closely with all partners in construction and engineering projects is critical if European companies are to survive in the challenging and rapidly changing market.
Building information modelling (BIM) is a digital information management approach. It means a more efficient use of resources, more effective communications and therefore collaboration within the partnership, greater flexibility and improved long-term planning.
The recent publication of ISO 19650, an international quality standard governing the organisation and digitisation of information about buildings and civil engineering works helps the client, project manager and contractor to agree on things, develop a shared understanding and exchange data more easily.
The standard will help roll out BIM across the industry and bring stakeholders together within a project.
Besides making the construction sector more competitive, BIM is driving innovation and sustainable growth and is a tool to deliver improved infrastructure quality.
The publication addresses the new ISO 19650 standards and their relevance to consulting engineers.
It describes the beneficial outcomes of using them within the BIM approach, and from a project management perspective.
It highlights the benefits of lowering risk and reducing financial losses which are possible where reliable project information is available in a structured, re-usable form and where it is efficiently shared.
It illustrates how, by managing the ownership and liability of project data, project managers can stay in control during the whole lifecycle of assets, including operations and maintenance, experiencing less contradiction or misinterpretation of data.