Thursday, February 9, 2012
Humpty Dumpty BIM
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Over the last few weeks I've had a number of conversations with representatives of institutional owners who have expressed an interest in BIM, especially as a tool for managing the planning, design and construction process in a way that will arm owners with a digital asset that can be leveraged to increase efficiency in operations and maintenance. They fear, however, that planners, designers and constructors cannot deliver a fully functional digital asset that is compatible with the existing software tools used in day-to-day operations and maintenance.
As counsel to integrated teams interested in delivering fully functional digital assets to owners I know what is possible. Unfortunately, as a litigator I've also experienced the myriad of ways in which built industry professionals can thwart one another and disrupt the delivery process. Owners - who are none too innocent themselves in many instances - lack the in-house expertise to leverage a federated BIM after delivery. When a BIM consists of 2 parts Revit, 1 part Bentley, 1 part Tekla, and 3 parts Archicad, owners cannot assemble an in-house team capable of re-assembling the federated BIM, much less extracting relevant data and leveraging it over time in operations and maitenance.
Owners view the current BIM as delivered as Humpty Dumpty BIM.
Typically, once the BIM is tossed over the wall by the design team neither the constructors nor the owner's in-house staff can put Humpty Dumpty together again. And they should not be expected to do so either. There's no reason Humpt Dumpty should be pushed off the wall. He should be scrambled, poached, hard boiled, or fried, depending on the prefrences of the owner's users. The cooks - planners, designers and more and more contractors - have to stop tossing Humpty Dumpty over the wall.
If your team is about to throw Humpty Dumpty BIM over the wall again call me before you make a mess!
James L. Salmon, Esq.
300 Pike Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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