Through seventeen years of O&M Manuals, we’ve seen a big shift towards the digitalisation of handover documentation. Thick binders of information have rapidly been replaced by fully digital counterparts in databases and cloud services.
Never to stand still, though, time moves quickly and BIM has started to become much more prevalent in our work alongside “traditional” electronic formats. Whilst not exactly new – BIM level 2 was made mandatory for new government projects in 2016 – it has often been misunderstood and therefore slow to be adopted in the building handover sector. However, with the potential of BIM being more widely appreciated, more projects are making use of it across not only the initial design and build stage, but the whole life of a building.
This is where our work has changed. We are finding that many of our clients are required to adopt BIM practices, but often lack the time and have bigger issues to deal with than to delve into the nitty gritty that comes with populating a CDE.
To address this, we’ve been working with some of our longstanding clients to aid in BIM data input. Even for those familiar with these systems, BIM data input can be very time consuming and generally a real headache, especially when you have a long list of other things to be doing.
This is why we are offering BIM data input as a regular service. We are aiming for this to benefit both large main contractors, saving them time and ensuring consistent and accurate data, and smaller subcontractors who may otherwise lack the requirements to qualify for BIM projects.
Make sure to keep an eye out for future BIM news on our website; it may be misunderstood or seem daunting, but it’s here to stay!