Lonely BIM to Collaborative BIM

15Mar15
Lonely BIM

While the benefits of BIM are widely recognised in many articles and presentations, there are many businesses that are yet to receive a requirement for BIM as part of a collaborative project, or have yet to even start looking at or understanding BIM.

At Premier Interlink we took the decision to investigate, evaluate and implement BIM processes and solutions prior to receiving a request from a client or main contractor. The aims being:

Preparation

Having internal solutions ready for collaboration with others would assist with the workflow required when such a project landed with the business. It would then reduce the dreaded learning curve aspect that accompanies BIM which is often stated as a reason for poor margins on initial BIM projects.

Staged Implementation

By setting our own goals and targets we were able to implement BIM processes and solutions at our own speed and to suit our own requirements. This meant implementing certain aspects sooner than others simply because they provided a quick return on investment (ROI).

Measured Outputs

Proving that implementing BIM had a positive impact and and driving further change into the business.

Linking Offsite and BIM to the 2025 targets

Highlighting and building upon the advantages offsite construction brings to these targets while also assisting in our design and manufacturing process.

To proceed with this we started on our ‘Lonely BIM’ solution.

BIM Excellence define Lonely BIM as:

A term used to describe the practices of an organisation, project team or the whole market where models are not exchanged between project participants.

Organisations at early stages of BIM implementation or who only generate mono-discipline models are considered to be practicing Lonely BIM.

But, as an offsite construction manufacturer we perform a slightly different version of Lonely BIM.

A large portion of modelling work of multi-discipline aspect is undertaken by ourselves to suit our shop floor manufacturing requirements. So much so that it was coined as ‘Selfish BIM’ by a good friend of mine in the construction industry.

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