by Richard McPartland
Delivering Value with BIM: A Whole-of-Life Approach
Sanchez, Hampson, Vaux (Eds.)
Global BIM uptake is accelerating as industry and governments increasingly act to mandate BIM deliverables. But what does BIM implementation mean when it comes to the lifecycle of a built asset and how can you embed an approach that unlocks best value?
It’s all too easy for implementation concerns that feature as part of an initial business case to be side-lined later in the process and it’s exactly that pitfall this book hopes to help you avoid. It does this by documenting and exploring how to embed management methods and best practice throughout the project life-cycle. In so doing, it draws extensively on appropriate methodology but also evidence and experience in the first third and provides three useful dictionaries in the remaining two thirds.
Those dictionaries are sure to become an essential reference guide. The Benefits dictionary outlines benefits found in the relevant literature, the Enablers dictionary includes definitions of tools and processes mentioned in the Benefits dictionary and the Metrics dictionary outlines metrics that can be associated with the terms in the Benefits dictionary.
It’s that opening third that really brings things to life though – with a carefully considered walk through of a wide range of considerations on your journey towards BIM implementation. Starting by exploring what BIM is and what it means for asset management and metrics, the scene is then set to delve deeper on what leadership is required, how to measure performance and capability and then determine and realise a set of benefits with “BIM as a single source of truth” at the heart. The section closes by sharing implementation tips with the benefit of hindsight.
It’s all too easy for implementation concerns that feature as part of an initial business case to be side-lined later in the process and it’s exactly that pitfall this book hopes to help you avoid.
Though the authors all reside in Australia this is a book with its focus squarely on common sense and as such it takes a fairly international approach and the result is a comprehensive and well considered tome that provides a detailed and practical view of whole-of-life BIM. Time has clearly been taken to take onboard academic and industry input, through close collaborative consultation with industry, government and international research organisations.
Whether your primary responsibility on a project revolves around built assets or you’re looking for a new take on BIM implementation that focuses on the whole life of a project, there’s much here to recommend.
About this book
Delivering Value with BIM: A Whole-of-Life Approach was published by Routledge in 2016. Paperback (ISBN 978-1-138-11899-7, £44.99) and digital versions are available from a range of stockists.
About the editors
Adriana X. Sanchez is a Research Associate at Curtin University, Australia.
Keith D. Hampson is CEO of Australia's Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre (SBEnrc).
Simon Vaux is acting Principal Engineering Manager with Transport for NSW, Australia, and chair of the Transport for NSW BIM Working Group.