Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Good BIM or BAD BIM?




Building information models (BIM) provide built industry professionals with an array of tools, views and processes that support efficient delivery of (BIM)X enabled facilities and infrastructure.  Good BIM, which supports such delivery, occurs with an unfortunate rarity.  Good BIM's ugly twin, Bad BIM rears its head far more often.

Take steps on your next project to limit Bad BIM and maximize Good BIM.

Listed below are a few examples of Bad BIM.

Lonely BIM - Created in-house by sophisticated users of advanced BIM tools, but never allowed to play with other BIM.  Usually the product of overly protective lawyers and insurance agents who unduly influence principals design firms.

Orphaned BIM - Similar to lonely BIM, only Orphaned BIM tends to be shoved out the door at an early age, when it is usually to young to play nice with other BIM, and is abandoned by its parents.  Unless adopted and nurtured by another design parent Orphaned BIM usually dies on the project.

Hollywood BIM - Created for use by, and a too often at the direction of, the marketing department Hollywood BIM, aka BIM Wash, makes a big splash early in the project as part of its creator's sales pitch and then is rarely seen again.

Humpty Dumpty BIM - Birthed by well meaning parents Humpty Dumpty looks great on the shelf, and can even be used to complete basic clash detection and constructibility, and can even serve other purposes during the project.  Unfortunately, when ever Humpty Dumpty is tossed over a wall, and we all know BIM is tossed over the wall all  the time, he breaks into a thousand pieces.  Humpty Dumpty usually breaks at the owner's feet at the end of the project.

Don't deliver Bad BIM.  Deliver Good BIM.  Good BIM provides each user with access to digital assets that enable that user to complete tasks more efficiently.  Good BIM needs to be developed and delivered throughout the life cycle of the project. Good BIM arms owners with digital assets that can be leveraged, over time, to increase efficiency in operations, maintenance, energy use and otherwise enhance the business purpose of the facility and accompanying infrastructure.


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James L. Salmon, Esq.
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