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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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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 7 days ago 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
A number of BIM ThinkSpace Episodes are now available in Italian. These translations follow a collaborative effort with Mr Lorenzo Nissim and his colleagues at the Institute for BIM Italy (iBIMi). I truly appreciate their efforts in sharing the BIM Episodes with a wider international audience. Please note that both Italian and Spanish translations cover all Figures (images) and are true to the original with the exception of a few terms/phrases. The below Episodes are available in Italian on the iBIMi website (last updated Aug 26, 2015): Module 01: LEZIONE 1 - Introduzione al BIM (May 24, 2015) based on Episode 1: Introduction (Dec 12, 2005) LEZIONE 2 - Focus sul Modello (Jun 1, 2015) based on Episode 2: Focus on Modelling (Dec 18, 2005) LEZIONE 3 - Focus sulle Informazioni (Jun 8, 2015) based on Episode 3: Focus on Information (Dec 23, 2005) LEZIONE 4 - BIM contro BIM Parziale (Jun 17, 2015) based on Episode 4: BIM vs. Partial BIM (Jan 6, 2006) Module 02: LEZIONE 5 - Metodologie di scambio dati (Jun 26, 2015) based on Episode 5: BIM Data Sharing Methodologies (Feb 7, 2006) LEZIONE 6 - Capire in modo sistematico il BIM (14 Jul, 205)... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at BIM ThinkSpace
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This Diffusion Areas model/matrix/chart clarify how BIM Field types interact with BIM Capability Stages to generate nine areas for targeted BIM diffusion analysis and BIM diffusion planning. Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2015 at BIM Framework
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Después de haber presentado las diferencias básicas entre Capacidad BIM y Madurez BIM en el Episodio 11 y de haber tratado brevemente sobre los muchos y relevantes modelos de madurez en el Episodio 12 (aún no traducido), este post introduce una nueva herramienta especializada para medir el desempeño BIM: el Índice de Madurez BIM (BIMMI). Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at BIM ThinkSpace
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). The third is Episode 13: El índice de madurez BIM (The BIM Maturity Index, first published December 18, 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