Hot on the heels of a maturing approach to Building Information Modelling (BIM) in design and construction, asset owners and operators are getting savvy to the benefits of BIM.
Digital technologies are taking the construction industry by storm and at the forefront of the wave is BIM. By being an enabler of greater collaboration, BIM provides a high productivity platform across the construction sector offering, amongst other benefits, increased coordination, better outcomes, faster processes and enabling businesses to be more competitive and profitable.
By paving the way for the application of modern digital technologies to the briefing, design, procurement, construction, handover and operation of an asset, BIM adds value to the whole life of a built asset.
The use of BIM within the design sector has traditionally been the main area where BIM is used across the project lifecycle. We are now seeing evidence of a sustained increase in use in the construct and operate phases, with some of the strongest growth predicted to be in asset management and building (preventative) maintenance scheduling. Amongst clients, there is a growing awareness of the value of integrating digital spatial information with asset management systems, and of BIM as a means to achieve that.
The New Zealand BIM Handbook has been developed by the BIM Acceleration Committee, in partnership with industry, to promote the use of BIM and its benefits across the full project lifecycle and to present BIM best practice for the New Zealand building and construction sector. The Handbook follows the normal progression of a project, from project establishment through to operation, and documents a consistent approach, using a common language, to BIM in New Zealand.
The Handbook was launched in 2014 and first revised in 2016. The Third Edition is now available. This edition of the Handbook continues to promote the use of BIM and its benefits to the built asset creation and operation sectors but also reflects the maturity in the understanding and use of BIM by designers and contractors and the improving awareness of the benefits of BIM for asset operation. Updated appendices in the new edition also provide practical guidance in the form of templates and examples of BIM planning documents and more detail on specific aspects of the BIM workflow.