DPA are leaders in supporting BIM implementations with a particular focus on the process, governance and management systems to support BIM. The UK Government mandate that projects over £5m should comply with Level 2 of BIM from April 2016 is a strong motivator for organisations to consider the digital aspects of their projects.
What is BIM?
The discipline of Building Information Modelling is an approach that reduces the costs of a project (and ongoing asset management) whilst reducing the risk of over-runs and variations due to higher quality designs and lower risk of information loss when information is transferred between parties.
BIM approaches are applicable during design/construction activities as well as during ongoing asset management processes, and therefore should be applicable to most asset intensive organisations and contractual contexts.
BIM should be considered as a holistic approach that builds upon the management systems in place for Asset Management and Asset Information Management. BIM is not simply a one-off purchase of a software package, which is a common misconception about BIM, rather, BIM is an approach which supports the broader asset management functions and should be thought of as ‘Better Information Management’.
We have broad understanding of asset management, asset information management and BIM coupled with our involvement in the development of standards in the ISO 19650 and PAS 1192 series. This allows us to support clients in adapting their management systems to support BIM, asset management and achieve organisational objectives.
Since we do not sell or develop software, we can help ensure that organisations do not fall into the trap of thinking that implementation of software will deliver BIM.