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Bilal Succar
Melbourne, Australia
I'm a BIM Consultant specialized in assessing organizational BIM performance.
Interests: Building Information Modelling, knowledge management, process improvement, visual thinking, change management., bim capability, bim maturity, integrated project delivery, knowledge modelling
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This conceptual model identifies several units for the purposes of competency analysis: Individual competency is the unit measure of an individual’s ability to conduct an activity and deliver an outcome. Individual competency applies to a single person irrespective of role, position or employment status; Group competency is the arithmetic sum... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at BIM Framework
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There are three Competency Tiers within the Competency Hierarchy - Core, Domain and Execution: The CORE Competencies Tier reflects the personal abilities of individuals enabling them to conduct a measureable activity or deliver a measurable outcome. This core tier is subdivided into the following four competency sets: Foundational traits –... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at BIM Framework
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The BIM Competency Hierarchy includes three BIM competency tiers which are divided into several BIM competency sets which are, in turn, subdivided into BIM competency topics. These tiers, sets, topics - and their granular subdivision into competency items - represent all the measureable abilities, outcomes and activities of individuals who... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at BIM Framework
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The Competency Flow model describes how individual competencies can be identified, classified, aggregated and then used/re-used. The model depicts a worklfow underlying a competecny multiuse framework with several componenets including: Competency Identification through analysing job advertisement; dissecting BIM-specific roles as defined within BIM guides, BIM management plans and similar documents;... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at BIM Framework
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The Individual Competency Index (ICI) measures both conceptual knowledge (referred to as knowledge) and procedural knowledge (referred to as skill) which are needed by individuals in order to perform a defined activity or deliver a measureable outcome. The ICI identifies five competency levels (0-4): Level 0 (none) denotes a lack... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2014 at BIM Framework
Hi Marina, Thank you for your kind offer; we'll certainly benefit from your experience if/when the research expands to include Russia...Bilal
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The BIM Maturity Matrix (BIm³) is a knowledge tool which incorporates many BIM Framework components for the purpose of performance measurement and improvement: BIM Competency Sets; BIM Maturity Index; Organizational Hierarchy; and BIM Capability Stages. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at BIM Framework
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This graphic provides a visual explanation of the BIM Competeny Sets term as derived from BIM Fields, BIM Stages and BIM Lenses. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at BIM Framework
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BIM Competency Sets is a taxonomy representing BIM Player’s abilities to satisfy a BIM Requirement or generate a BIM Deliverable. A BIM Competency Set is a hierarchical collection of macro BIM Competencies identified using the BIM Framework ( (refer to Structure of BIM Competency Sets) for the purposes of BIM... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at BIM Framework
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Full-Size Image (1.6MB) The Organizational Hierarchy is a conceptual model based on the Organizational Scales' taxonomy which identifies 12 organizational scales ranging from Markets (OrgScale 1, the largest) to Individuals (OrgScale 12, the smallest). The hierarchy is used as a Scoping Lens to isolate a specific scale of BIM Players... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2013 at BIM Framework
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The BIM Maturity Index (BIMMI) is a conceptual model depicting five distinct Maturity Levels: (a) Initial/ Ad-hoc, (b) Defined, (c) Managed, (d) Integrated and (e) Optimized. The progression from lower to higher levels of BIM Maturity indicates (i) better control through minimizing variations between targets and actual results, (ii) better... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2013 at BIM Framework
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Building information models (note Models not Modelling) are a collection of objects represent ing physical elements like doors, columns and their host spaces. BIModels encapsulate a level of machine ‘intelligence’ in how these objects and spaces relate to each other. Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2013 at BIM Framework
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Construction projects pass through three major lifecycle phases: Design [D], Construction [C] and Operations [O]. These phases are also subdivided into sub-phases which are in turn further subdivided into activities, sub-activities and tasks. This conceptual model depicts the effects of BIM on project lifecycle phases over the three BIM Stages. Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2013 at BIM Framework
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The three BIM Fields overlap as they share players and deliverables. This overlap between fields occurs when: (1) A deliverable requires players from two or more fields. For example, the development and implementation of Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) across the construction industry require the joint efforts of Policy players (researchers... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2013 at BIM Framework
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BIM Interactions are push-pull knowledge transactions occurring within or between BIM Fields and sub-Fields. Push mechanisms transfer knowledge to another field or sub-field while pull mechanisms transfer knowledge to satisfy a request by another field or sub-field. Sample transactions include data transfers, team dynamics and contractual relationships between fields and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2013 at BIM Framework
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One of the easiest ways to explain the meaning of BIM to non-specialists is by flipping the term around from Building Information Modelling (BIM) to modelling information to perform a function related to buildings. The functional use of information is later formalised through the term Model Uses and represented by... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2013 at BIM Framework
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BIM Lenses represent the third dimension of the Tri-Axial Model and generate its depth of enquiry. BIM Lenses are distinctive layers of analysis applied to Fields and Stages to generate Knowledge Views. They abstract the BIM domain and control its complexity by removing unnecessary detail. Lenses allow domain researchers to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2013 at BIM Framework
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The BIM Framework introduces three revolutionary stages separating Pre-BIM (the status before BIM) and viDCO (virtually integrated Design, Construction and Operation) - the ultimate vision from implementing BIM. These stages, and the incremental steps separating them, are intended to both clarify and measure BIM adoption. Note 1: this model depicts... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2013 at BIM Framework
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This conceptual model explains the relationship between domain players, their deliverables and requirements. It was first referred to as ‘three interlocking knowledge nodes’ in Paper A1 "A Proposed Framework". The term ‘nodes’ was later replaced with ‘fields’ to match the notion of ‘players’. The Venn diagram (three overlapping circles) represents... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2013 at BIM Framework
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This conceptual model explains the multi-dimensional relationship between the three main components of the BIM framework: BIM fields of activity identifying domain players, their requirements and deliverables; BIM stages delineating minimum capability benchmarks; and BIM lenses providing the depth and breadth of enquiry necessary to identify, assess and qualify BIM fields and BIM stages. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2013 at BIM Framework
Hi John, Good to hear from you. I'm always interested to hear about what's happening in Malaysia from a fellow BIM consultant/researcher! As you know I've presented in KL a couple of times and I'm confident industry/academia will eventually deliver a breakthrough in this regard. With respect to the research conducted with my colleagues in the UK, we'll soon be identifying a number of new market-wide maturity metrics as we continue to validate/refine existing ones. The next steps will be initiated in a couple of months. I'm hoping we can expand this effort to cover additional countries after receiving interest from HK and - now - Malaysia. Others with inside/deep knowledge about the status of BIM adoption in other countries - especially in South Africa and Latin America - are kindly asked to contact me directly by email (check the 'about' page). Thanks John again, please stay in touch...Bilal
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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 Aug 14, 2013 at BIM ThinkSpace
Thank you Hamza; your kind words are much appreciated.
Toggle Commented Dec 16, 2012 on Episode 16: Understanding BIM Wash at BIM ThinkSpace
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Hi Mario. Thank you for your comment. On the face of it, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Business Integration Methodology (BIM) share the three-lettered acronym but not much more. Digging deeper, I found that both are affected by the same approach to measuring performance through Capability/Maturity assessment. This of course doesn’t surprise me (and I suspect wouldn't surprise you) to learn of similarities or overlaps. This is true of any knowledge that peels under the skin and tries to uncover systems, concepts and relations; knowledge is one yet manifests itself in multiple means. Having said that, I’m keen to learn more about the ‘other BIM’ if you kindly point me in the right direction. I’ve tried to locate more info on Accenture’s website but came back empty handed. Thank you again for your thoughtful comment and hope you continue reading and contributing to BIM ThinkSpace. Bilal
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