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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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Thank you for your kind and encouraging words. Best wishes on your PhD; it's not an easy journey to take, but is worth every step.
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Lenses and Filters are investigative tools of enquiry and domain analysis allowing the discovery of concepts and relations. The difference between (BIM) Lenses and Filters can be summarised as such: Lenses are additive and are deployed from the ‘investigator’s side’ of BIM Field observation while Filters are subtractive and are... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at BIM Framework
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BIM ThinkSpace Episode 23 identifies industry stakeholders sharing the responsibility of leading, supporting or – at least - participating in macro BIM diffusion. The a new model is introduced with Player Groups, Player Types and unique BIM Players; each can be assessed against Macro Maturity Components using a simplified Player Role index. By identifying industry stakeholders as a network of actors, the post calls for the development of a comprehensive, structured and coordinated BIM diffusion strategy within countries and across international markets. Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at BIM ThinkSpace
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La historia Empezaremos contando una breve historia. Había una vez dos organizaciones de arquitectura e ingeniería que decidieron adoptar BIM. Ambas organizaciones eran de tamaño medio, operaban en el mismo mercado y tenían los mismos departamentos. Las dos eran capaces de abordar grandes proyectos de diseño y construcción de presupuesto superior a $200m, en el sector de la Sanidad. Y hasta aquí las similitudes. The original English version of this article was first published as Episode 11: The Difference Between BIM Capability and BIM Maturity (June 3, 2009). Article in Spanish continues below: La organización Amarilladecidió invertir una cantidad sustancial de energía y dinero en adquirir software basado en objetos (como Revit®, Tekla® o Vico®). Esta decisión se tomó después de que un grupo del personal, entusiastas y expertos en tecnologías, convenció a la dirección para realizar una prueba con BIM. Entonces, estos “campeones” organizaron y siguieron los necesarios cursos de formación, tal como les habían recomendado sus suministradores de software BIM, y complementaron su aprendizaje tamizándolo a través de incontables fórums online. Después de unos cuantos meses, de varios contratiempos y de un par de proyectos piloto exitosos, ese grupo de individuos –considerados ahora como unos superhéroes por algunos... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at BIM ThinkSpace
Thank you David!
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This post (in Spanish) discusses how BIM will first blur the lines separating different project lifecycle phases: Design Construction and Operations. As model-based collaboration takes hold, lifecycle players start moving into each other’s territory until finally, as network-based integration becomes the norm, lifecycle phases overlap extensively causing major changes within industry. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at BIM ThinkSpace
I am pleased to announce that a number of BIM ThinkSpace episodes will be published in Spanish. The first to be published is Episode 10: Efecto del BIM en las fases del ciclo de vida de un Proyecto (Effects of BIM on Project Lifecycle Phases, first published Nov 24, 2008). The second is Episode 11: La diferencia entre Capacidad BIM y Madurez BIM (The Difference Between BIM Capability and BIM Maturity, first published June 3, 2009). I wish to thank Victor Roig and the team at BIMETRC (Barcelona, Spain) for making the episodes available to a wider international audience. More episodes in Spanish are scheduled for release in the near future. Translated episodes are referenced within the original posts and are filtered through the 'Spanish' tab/link (top of the page). If you're interested in translating any of the episodes into other languages, please contact the editor. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at BIM ThinkSpace
Hi ManusKim. DP is not for all - At least this is how it used to be 8 years ago when I published this post. It's a very powerful software/platform but requires an integrated workflow/supply chain to truly shine. Also, it is very expensive when compared to Revit or ArchiCAD and is thus not aimed at SMEs constituting more than 90% of the construction industry. While I don't have an answer for your question, it will be interesting to watch what Trimble will do with DP after it acquired it (Sep 2014), and whether it will market the platform to a wider audience. DP/Catia are still unparalleled in their technical deliverables...However, these alone are not enough to drive widespread adoption by construction industry stakeholders.
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BIM ThinkSpace Episode 22 compares the UK BIM Maturity Model (Bew-Richards) with the BIM performance models developed as part of the BIM Framework (Succar). The comparison highlights the benefits of separating country-specific strategy models from country-agnostic performance models, and how both are needed in every market. Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at BIM ThinkSpace
Hello Konrad. Correct, this is a theoretical approach to assess and compare country-scale policy actions (it can also be used to assess internal organizational policies). The Policy Actions model (plus other models - see Episodes 19 and 21) have been used to conduct seed/validation assessments. The research effort will expand during the first half of 2015 to include other countries with results published throughout the year. In case you're wondering, there are two main reasons why we're releasing these theoretical models before the data: (a) this is part of our research strategy – we want to expose the concepts/relations to public scrutiny; and (b) there are a number of BIM diffusion policies currently being developed around the world, and stakeholders may benefit from these (missing) adoption models. Hope this makes some sense. Bilal
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Thank you Nathan. True, in my experience, a top-down approach within an organizational setting is the fastest route to wide-spread adoption. This is especially true if a dedicated driver (e.g. BIM Manager) is appointed rather than leaving the work to champions (self motivated individuals). Of course, just mandating something does not mean it will be adopted. There are a number of other factors to consider including the type/consistency of top-down actions taken by management as discussed in Episode 20.
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BIM ThinkSpace Episode 21 introduces the Macro Maturity Components model which can be used to: (a) assess a country’s current BIM diffusion policy, (b) compare the BIM maturity of different countries, and (c) assist policy makers in developing a comprehensive BIM national initiative or diffusion policy. The model includes eight components (e.g. Legal Framework, Education, and Technology Infrastructure), each assessed using specialised metrics at five levels of maturity. Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at BIM ThinkSpace
Thank you Aaron. Different countries have different cultures with respect to power distances and their tolerance for top-down mandates. Also, as you no-doubt appreciate, within the same country different organizations have different cultures with respect to how assertive they expect their managers to be. While you may be right is stating that an assertive approach works better (at organizational level), the Policy Actions model respects cultural differences and does not assume that one solution is better all the time. Interesting to hear of your decision to complete a graduate law degree and apply it within the BIM domain. From your perspective, do you see the absence of suitable legal frameworks as hampering global BIM implementation?
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Hi Yeong Yong Yih, Thank you for your question. The short answer is: if a country has already started developing policies for BIM adoption (like Malaysia), it has already started upon the path of BIM maturity. However, macro BIM Maturity is not a monolithic topic and includes a number of sub-components (8 components to be exact). Therefore, in order for us to establish where a market sits on the maturity continuum/scale, additional assessments need to be conducted. Please stay tuned for Episode 21 as it will offer a more thorough answer to your question.
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Episode 20 introduces a set of actions a policy maker can take to facilitate BIM adoption across a market. A Macro Adoption Model is presented to describe three main implementation activities (communicate, engage and monitor) that can be conducted at three levels of intensity (passive, active and assertive). Policy makers can use the model to assess international efforts and develop their own country-specific BIM diffusion policy. Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at BIM ThinkSpace
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NBP Relevance Index - Sample Chart v0.2 (Full Size Image - 102Kb) The Relevance Metric is primarily used to compare the relevance (impact, currency and authority) of one entity relative to another, or relative to a specific stakeholder group. For example the Noteworthy BIM Publication Relevance Index (NBP-RI) compares the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at BIM Framework
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Reserach Continuum v1.1 (Full Size - 1.1Mb) The Research Continuum v1.1 represents a network of conceptual and practical deliverables across a number of papers till December 2013 (updated version released mid 2015). The continuum highlights how each paper delivers a number of conceptual constructs which either extend earlier constructs/tools or... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at BIM Framework
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This model depicts BIM, GIS and PLM as three overlapping domains Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at BIM Framework
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The Research Path (Succar, 2013) identifies the major milestones along four research sub-paths: literature review, research methodology, conceptual development and data collection. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at BIM Framework
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The Research Timeline graph identifies literature reviews, data collection efforts and published papers (including citations and downloads) between June 2005 and December 2013. Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at BIM Framework
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Building Information Modelling (BIM) is an essential part of the construction procurement process. However, when BIM deliverables are indiscriminately injected into the scope of services of project players, or across the construction supply chain, a BIM scope creep will occur...By guest author Rexter Retana. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at BIM ThinkSpace
Hi Konrad, The ASCE chapter is hopelessly late. It was supposed to be published in early 2014, then June 2014 and - now mid August - it's still not publicly available. I'll email you a link to download an earlier draft. Bilal
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The BIM framework is a collection of interrelated conceptual constructs - models, taxonomies, classifications, and dictionaries - glued together by a common conceptual ontology. Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at BIM Framework
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The Macro Maturity Components model identifies eight complementary components for measuring and establishing the BIM maturity of whole markets. Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at BIM Framework
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The BIM Knowledge Content (BKC) is a specialized taxonomy with several classifications. The main classification identifies three knowledge content clusters (guides, protocols and mandates) which are subdivided into eighteen knowledge content labels (e.g. report, manual, and contract). Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at BIM Framework