International Construction Specialty Conference of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (ICSC) (5th : 2015)

Comparative analysis of existing building information modelling (BIM) guides Keenliside, Susan


The current approach to development of building information modelling (BIM) guides has catered to each specific client in a unique way. There has been no universal standard format or standardized content employed in the development of these guides from one organization to the next. Conversely, many organizations have pioneered the development of their guides to support the need for standardized methodologies in developing and deploying BIM capability within their organization and/or supported by industry deliverables. Further, published BIM guides around the world define similar or the same terms and concepts in unique ways (and vice versa). The BIM guides project is the first project to leverage existing publications within an open process of consensus standardization, in pursuit of harmonization of concepts, definitions, terms and the organization of how this content is delivered. It uses a review template to capture common metadata fields for comparative analysis within a database. A database of BIM guide information can inform on real-world procedures and requirements from industry. Guidelines are for the user, and this project gives insight and direction to those needing, using and creating BIM guidelines. It is hypothesized that this approach will deliver guides more efficiently, contribute to BIM adoption and standardized use within industry and provide a needed baseline from which the end-user can effectively build their knowledge, skills and abilities.

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