UK BIM Alliance Projects

Knowledge Bank

Project Name: Evidence Based BIM Knowledge Bank

Project Lead Name: Patrick Wilson

Project Stream: Knowledge Bank

Project Synopsis:

Currently project case studies exist in a myriad of formats and serve very different purposes, in most cases to provide marketing material for organisations rather than as informative documentation.
This project will collate, review and evaluate existing sources of information formats, establish criteria for information provision, set criteria for peer-peer review and platform, and establish a neutral template for multiple media documentation.
This project will provide a solid evidence-based BIM knowledge bank for the existing implementation of BIM Level 2.

For anyone new to Building Information Modelling the extent and variation of information that exists in the public domain is daunting and in many circumstances contradictory. As an industry neutral body, UKBIMA seeks to encourage the provision of better information provision.  However, as in so many situations, what is informative for one individual is less for others. In consideration of this and to avoid the workload of curating yet another library of information, the project will collate existing knowledge and act as a portal to all the information available, both now and in the future.

The question that arises is who within the construction, property and infrastructure industry should determine the quality? Since UKBIMA is neutral, the purpose must be to reduce the tendency for self-promotion and bland marketing material. This can be achieved through peer group review just as all scientific papers are reviewed prior to formal publication.

For us, as we are the peer group, authors and the beneficiaries of this information, we have a greater potential to contribute feedback, whether experienced or novice. This is the same principal that is employed in review websites such as TripAdvisor, Ebay or Amazon. A scoring system (1 - 5) covering specific criteria coupled with limited comment (say 300 chars.) will be implemented. The more beneficial and informative any particular "case study" is then the more frequent and higher scores it will receive.

The preliminary survey sets out to establish sufficient data to use to determine the volume of information already published, the scoring criteria. It is expected that current projects that follow a strict implementation of BIM Level 2 are few in number, as the HMG mandate not only does not apply to every project, but may not be suitable for every project.  However stages of a project may utilise BIM and these partial project reports can contribute significantly to the encouragement of the take up and embedding of data rich processes within industry.