BIM for Traffic Engineers
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is said to be 20% technology, 80% process, and the primary focus for industry is to develop joined up thinking throughout the whole life of infrastructure. BIM is not software; it is more about planning and a way of integrating all the tasks and related information with all stakeholders. In order for organisations to achieve BIM compliance there are some essential steps to take.
Start at the end Work out why, as a business you need to do BIM and what you want to achieve. It is important to identify the project deliverables, and this may need to be developed in discussions with clients.
Ask More Questions When involved with a BIM project begin by asking what is meant by BIM and find out as much information as possible ahead of time, just like any other project.
Remember BIM is a process, not a software solution Although BIM requires a minimum of 2D CAD, with, where appropriate, managed 3D data, people often think that this means that the solution to achieving BIM lies in buying new expensive software and hardware. Many engineers are already working at BIM level 1 so only need to make a few changes in working practice to achieve level 2 compliance.
Planning is key you need to identify project leads, teams and stakeholders at the outset
Take a long-term view BIM Level 2 is about sharing information at project modelling stage and ironing out the glitches in the virtual world before you build it in the real world where mistakes can be costly
Embrace Change Building a case for BIM is getting easier as more and more organisations assess the impact that BIM has had
If you would like to talk about BIM and how it relates to Traffic Engineers in more detail, give us a call on 03451 30 30 40 or email us.