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Bilal Succar
Melbourne, Australia
I’m a strategic BIM consultant with extensive experience in BIM performance assessment and improvement. I'm also an avid BIM researcher, facilitator, visual communicator and 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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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 2 days ago 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
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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 Jul 12, 2014 at BIM ThinkSpace
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Noteworthy BIM publications (NBP)s are publically-available documents developed by various industry and academic entities; aimed at a wide audience; and intended to promote BIM understanding, regulate BIM implementation or mandate BIM requirements. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at BIM Framework
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This conceptual model represents BIM learning as a triangular interaction between BIM learners, BIM learning providers and the BIM learning spectrum. Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at BIM Framework
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The collaborative education framework (CEF) has been developed as a joint effort between academia and industry in Australia. CEF was first published as part of the AIA/CA BIM in Practice, BIM Education position papers (AIA/CA, 2012) and is built around the principles, models, taxonomies, and classifications of the BIM Framework. CEF includes six main complementary components. Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at BIM Framework
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The Competency-based workflow uses BIM competency items from across several Competency Sets to clarify a specific process - how to initiate a collaborative BIM project. Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2014 at BIM Framework
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The Triple A Competency Model is a knowledge engine which uses structured BIM competency items to perform three complementary actions: competency Acquisition, competency Application and competency Assessment. Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2014 at BIM Framework
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This Competency Units of Analysis is a conceptual model identifies several units for the purposes of competency analysis. 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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Individual Competency Index (v1.4 full size - older version v1.2) 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... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2014 at BIM Framework