Guidance on cutting-edge building information modelling and its use

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has released a guidance note on a new technology-driven concept that promises to have far-reaching effects across the built environment sector. 

Building information modelling (BIM) brings together the advantages of cutting-edge digital data collation with the practicalities of seeing a building project through its life-cycle.
The International BIM implementation guide, 1st edition, provides guidance on how to implement and use BIM in the design, construction and operation of building projects, including facets of procurement management and asset management.
Because BIM will impact on professionals and firms globally, the guidance note highlights international high-level principles designed for all types of built environment projects ranging from small and medium to large and complex projects. It also highlights national initiatives on BIM in countries such as the United Kingdom, United States, China, Finland and Australia.
“Chartered surveyors and construction professionals worldwide are looking for practical guidance on how BIM will affect them. This guide has been written by an international working group who has first-hand knowledge of global BIM in practice. It is extensively illustrated to form a bespoke, but clear, overview of how to implement BIM across land, property and construction”, says Alan Muse, RICS Director of Built Environment Professional Groups.
The guidance note presents a number of conclusions and recommendations that examine the implications of BIM adoption for the sector more broadly. David Philp, Head of BIM Mace and UK BIM Task Group, points out that BIM is a wide subject with many perspectives from across the globe, both in terms of what it means and how it should be applied.
“As industry takes hold of this new future, it is essential that organisations and individuals are not flying blind but have information to plot out a change plan and BIM implementation trajectory - both for now and indeed a ‘future-wise’, longer term, digital strategy,” Philp says.

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