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Bilal Succar
Melbourne, Australia
I'm a specialised BIM performance assessor, avid researcher, and visual communicator at BIMexcellence.com. I'm also a conjoint senior lecturer at the University of Newcastle.
Interests: Building Information Modelling, knowledge management, visual thinking, knowledge modelling, capability/maturity assessment, process improvement, performance improvement, change management, BIM education
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The Project Information Taxonomy extends the Modular Requirements Clarification Language first introduced in Paper A10 . The taxonomy currently includes 21 concepts/terms (14 are new) to be used in defining project information requirements within mission-critical documentation (e.g. within an Employer’s Information Requirements (EIR), a BIM Management Plan (BMP) or similar).... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at BIM Framework
Thank you Carl. I'm quite familiar with the good work done by Penn State and the excel adaptation by Arup and Atkins. There are many other similar efforts as well, each with its own strengths and limitations. Of course, it is not possible to compare these here...Imho, the more measurement tools there are, the better. One note: the BIM Maturity Matrix is intentionally kept as a static template. Believe or not, this is the best format for such a tool. There's actually published research about Excel-based tools and how they reduce usability, not increase it. Regards, Bilal
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Figure 1. Model Uses Taxonomy (Full Size) The Model Uses Taxonomy organises Model Uses into a tiered structure that allows: (a) collation of Model Uses from across different industries; (b) close alignment with the Competency Taxonomy (Succar et al., 2013 - http://bit.ly/BIMpaperA6); (c) custom use-cases for unique projects; and (d)... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2016 at BIM Framework
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Raramente pasa una o dos semanas sin que oigamos hablar de una nueva iniciativa BIM en un país u otro. Está claro que el ritmo de adopción de BIM se ha acelerado considerablemente en los dos últimos años y la nueva oleada de implementación tiene por objetivo la Europa continental. Se detectan continuos esfuerzos en Alemania, Francia y España y entre los profesionales y asociaciones industriales empiezan a sonar los mismos gritos de guerra que oíamos anteriormente en US, UK, Australia, Singapur, Malasia, y más recientemente en Corea y Brasil. This episode is also available in the following Languages: English (original version): Episode 20: The role policy makers (can) play in BIM adoption (Jan 16,, 2015) Italian (external link): Lezione 20: Il ruolo che i politici giocano (o potrebbero giocare) nell’adozione del BIM (Dec 16, 2015) The Spanish version continues below: Ya que los responsables de formular políticas [i] desean copiar a otros responsables o bien desarrollan sus propias guías BIM, protocolos y mandatos, creemos que puede ser beneficioso compartir la investigación de visión global que estamos llevando a cabo, con todos aquellos que estén interesados. En base a la colaboración vigente con el Dr Mohamad Kassem (Teesside University, UK),... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at BIM ThinkSpace
Thank you Shawn for your supportive comments and for participating in our ongoing macro BIM adoption research. You’ve raised an important point here: the differences between local, regional and country-wide policies is an important dynamic to understand. Currently, the approach we’ve taken is to assess similar jurisdictions (e.g. a State) separately and compare them (to other States). When there’s a variance between a State-level and the Federal-level, then another macro model need to be applied to establish whether the ‘diffusion dynamic’ within a country is Top-down (Federal Gov. mandate), Middle-out (State Gov. mandate) or Bottom-up (Local Authority mandate) is in play [ please refer to http://bit.ly/BIMEpisode19 ]. In other words, although this model need to be understood independently, it can be applied more accurately when other variables are neutralised using other macro models.
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Hi Mark. There are 5 models in this questionnaire which we are currently testing/validating. Each model includes a number of metrics, all connected through an underlying BIM framework. The macro adoption models can be used to: (a) assess and compare the BIM adoption/maturity/diffusion of countries, and (b) provide policy makers with templates to develop their own national BIM initiatives/strategies. There is a YouTube playlist with 6 short videos explaining the five models: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDnEoqx85Dd_T8vihrOZsjtC0xD9y3s2V Alternatively, please complete the questionnaire above which also makes use of the videos. I hope I've answered your question; I'm more than happy to provide more info upon request. All the Best, Bilal
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Thank you for your supportive comments and for participating in this research. Please let me or Dr. Kassem know if there's anything we can do to support your efforts in Qatar. I hope we have a chance to meet in the near future....All the Best, Bilal
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BIM diffusion within organizations and across markets is typically understood to be either top-down or bottom-up. However, there is a third and quite powerful dynamic that needs to be acknowledged. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at BIM ThinkSpace
Hi Tim, There's questionnaire embedded in this page. If you can't see it (or the page displays an error), kindly use this link: https://form.jotform.co/51583195457868 The link should lead to a stripped-down version of the questionnaire with 4 initial fields, a tick-box and a START button. If the link doesn't work, Please let me know and I'll email you a PDF version; thank you.
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Dear Prof Esposito...Thank you for your suggestion. Model Uses (or 'BIM uses' – please refer to http://bit.ly/BIMepisode24) are project metrics and - in my view - cannot be used for assessing BIM diffusion at macro/market level. Please let me know if I misunderstood your suggestion. To further clarify the Diffusion Areas model, I've now embedded a short video above. This video (aprox 8 minutes) is part of a series of videos we’re currently using to validate five macro adoption models. For more information, or to participate in this research, please visit: http://www.bimframework.info/macro-bim-adoption-market-analysis.html; thank you.
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Dear Rexter... Many thanks for your comments and participation! We'll definitely keep you in mind as a future participant or research collaborator.
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Hi Chris, Thank you for your comment and for completing the macro BIM adoption questionnaire. We truly appreciate your expertise and will request your participation in further research.
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Thank you Pavithran, Igor and Mihaela for participating in the macro BIM adoption research. Mohamad, if you'd like to participate, please go ahead; thank you.
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Ten years is a long time…that’s how long this blog has been running! On Oct 29, 2005, the first post was published and, since then, a few more. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank those who subscribed or commented. Also, my sincere appreciation to all colleagues who contributed their thoughts as guest authors, translated posts into their native language, and peer-reviewed many of the episodes. Much has changed over the past 10 years and much is still the same. Technologies change fast but not industry’s aspirations which are yet to be fulfilled by this thing called BIM. Let’s see what the next decade brings…Bilal Succar. Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2015 at BIM ThinkSpace
Hello François...Sure, please feel free to share any of the contents of http://www.BIMthinkSpace.com and http://www.BIMframework.info with your group. Unless specifically noted, all material (including graphics) are provided under a Creative Commons license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ ). Please let me know if you or your team-mates need any clarifications. Best Regards.
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Hello François. Thank you for your comment and question. Educational Institutions play an important role in facilitating innovation diffusion across a market. We are still collecting data on how much this 'Player Group' influences BIM adoption specifically, but it is safe to say that their role/influence varies from one market to another. In case you haven't yet read it, please refer to Episode 23 (http://bit.ly/BIMepisode23) which introduces 9 complementary groups playing a role - not necessarily in developing BIM policies but - in facilitating BIM adoption. Please have a look and let me know if you need more information, or if you'd like to participate in our research (see here: http://bit.ly/BIMquest). Thanks.
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Hi Tim...Does your "No Comments" comment mean you are interested in participating in the Macro BIM Adoption research? If yes, it would be excellent to receive your input covering SA...Thanks.
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Which country leads the world in BIM adoption? Is it Singapore, the UK or the US? Maybe it is Australia or one of the Scandinavian team? This post discusses an ongoing investigation to identify and compare the BIM maturity of countries using specially developed metrics. Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2015 at BIM ThinkSpace
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The BIM Framework Conceptual Reactor explains how existing conceptual constructs – terms, classifications, taxonomies, models and frameworks – are used to identify, explain and test new constructs. Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2015 at BIM Framework
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Episode 24 introduces 'Model Uses', the intended or expected deliverables of using 3D models on projects. This peer-reviewed article clarifies the term from an information management perspective. It then delivers a comprehensive Model Uses List that can be used to populate project protocols and facilitate performance assessment. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2015 at BIM ThinkSpace
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The conceptual hierarchy provided clarify how Model Uses are derived through three different conceptual routes: the Tri-Axial Framework, Competency Framework, and BIM Ontology. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2015 at BIM Framework
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In this guest post, Ralph Montague offers his insights into the changing role of the Project Manager in the UK following the Government’s BIM requirements. To assist PMs to fulfil their BIM role, Ralph introduces five basic questions that they need to ask in every project meeting. He offers multiple references to applicable standards, protocols and templates, and provides a quick BIM Level 2 checklist for PMs to include into their project’meeting agendas. Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at BIM ThinkSpace
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The BIM ontology is an informal, semi-structured, conceptual 'domain ontology' used for knowledge acquisition and communication between people. It is intended to represent knowledge interactions (push/pull) between BIM players, their deliverables and requirements, and facilitate the validation of conceptual models. Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at BIM Framework
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The Point of Adoption Model highlights how capability stages and maturity levels are used to assess/facilitate BIM implementation within organization and – in combination with other Framework parts - BIM diffusion across markets. Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2015 at BIM Framework
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El maquillaje BIM (BIMwash en inglés) es un término que describe una reivindicación desmesurada – y a veces engañosa – del uso o prestación de productos o servicios BIM. Una organización que lleva a cabo un maquillaje BIM generalmente se dedica a promover sus reivindicaciones de capacidad BIM injustificada a través de su equipo, página web, ofertas y/o material comercial. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at BIM ThinkSpace