The AIMCH Guide to Creating a BIM Housing Manual was developed by the AIMCH developer partners. The key objectives were:
To provide a framework that helps housebuilders create their own specific BIM Housing Manual.
To set out the expected standards that should be applied to the creation of a Project Information Model created using 3D modelling software to ensure alignment with BS EN ISO 19650.
To address the need for a collective and consistent approach across all housing design work streams and developments.
To enable digital working, ensuring data capture for key tasks and processes to engender efficiencies.
To be a source of information for staff to adopt a consistent approach to BIM model and information production.
AIMCH utilised the experience of developer partners, Stewart Milne Group, Barratt Developments PLC and London & Quadrant Housing (L&Q), all of whom are at varying stages of BIM adoption, and assistance from Keppie Architects BIM consultants to develop a common framework.
The framework is focused on four key areas:
This section of the AIMCH BIM Guide focuses on the technology, 3D model management and BIM standards, as well as collaborative processes and information flows, to support digital working.
This helped to:
- Set guidance on business justifications and return on investment.
- Develop BIM workflows, aligned to housing industry process and practises.
- Outline BIM standards and processes appropriate for housing.
- Map information requirements, coding conventions and templates.
- Outline 3D model creation, governance and validation needs.
- Suggest collaborative working requirements, within a common data environment (CDE).
This led to guidance on the type of technical requirements housebuilders or developers need to consider when transitioning from paper based 2D CAD designs to 3D interactive design models.
It also sets guidance on compliance standards, naming conventions and COBIE information, critical to maximising the benefit of 3D modelling and digital working.
This section of the AIMCH BIM Guide focuses on people. Moving to 3D BIM enabled digital working requires new skills and know-how, impacting on roles and individual capability. This is one of the biggest challenges to successful BIM working.
This helped to:
- Develop competency requirements for differing housing related roles.
- Outline training requirements, to suit differing roles and knowledge levels.
- Identified critical roles and how best to maximise these.
- Investigate organisational capability across differing house functions and management levels.
This led to guidance and examples of the types of things housebuilders must investigate, to support the workforce and organisation transition to BIM digital collaborative working.
A critical consideration is the investment in people, demanding financial, time and business effort to support transform and embed, individual and collective digital working.
This section of the AIMCH BIM Guide focuses on organisational culture. Moving to 3D BIM enabled digital working requires collaborative working and cultural values. This is often overlooked and can be the biggest hidden barrier to successful BIM working.
This helped to:
- Develop organisational competency requirements and capability levels.
- Outline cultural values and behaviours that support collaboration.
- Suggest collaborative working practises, tools and techniques.
- Reinforced the need for committed BIM leadership and clear/consistent communications.
This led to guidance and examples of the types of things housebuilders must investigate, to deliver organisational competency when transitioning to BIM digital collaborative working.
A critical consideration is the investment in cultural change, demanding financial, time and business effort to create the right cultural environment, to fuel effective organisational capability, that embeds collective digital working.
This section of the AIMCH BIM Guide focuses on business leadership. Moving to 3D BIM enabled digital working requires a clear BIM strategy and total commitment from business leaders, along with sustained effort and effective communications.
This helped to:
- Develop guidance on BIM vision, core principals and success factors.
- Outlined business BIM strategy, aims and objectives.
- Defines the role of business leaders, management and BIM champions.
- The need for clear, sustained and consistent communications.
This led to guidance and examples of the types of things housebuilders must investigate, to ensure business leaders, drive an effective transition to BIM digital collaborative working.
A critical consideration is the investment in developing a BIM strategy and set of objectives, linked to effective communications. Delivering these will ensure successful collective digital working.
The AIMCH partners delivered the following principal BIM Guide outcomes:
- A framework guide that helps housebuilders create their own specific BIM Housing Manual.
Recommendations on the technical, people, cultural and leadership requirements needed to support BIM digital working.
- Templates to help housebuilders create delivery plans for upskilling, competency and knowledge levels.
- Guidance to allow housebuilders to consider cultural development, management of change and organisational capability.