BIM4Housing is a cross-industry group open to all organisations involved in the design, construction, management and delivery of housing; both private and affordable.
“We want to focus on the Information element of BIM and how it can address the quality, cost, programme and safety challenges we are all wrestling with.
3D is valuable, but this Group needs to engage with colleagues who have other perspectives.”
George Stevenson, ActivePlan
We are currently setting-up 6 working groups to identify what the barriers are to BIM adoption, come-up with examples of BIM benefits, identify things that need to be done and to agree a plan of action as to how these things can be done.
Designers have always had to balance quality and cost, but sustainability, safety and social impact are all key drivers in the development of great homes and communities.
Collaboration, communication and 'the right information at the right time', will underpin our ability to meet these aims, for both existing and new housing stock.
The government’s strategy of increasing the use of DFMA for residential property provides the environment to allow businesses to innovate and deliver platform-based solutions. Manufacturers of Individual elements of solutions can use BIM to connect-up with integrators to create cost effective and sustainable living environments.
BIM is often seen as a software application; when it is actually a combination of processes, information, people, culture and many different software applications working together. Clients and their project teams need their legal, commercial and sustainability advisors to provide the framework for those elements to work in unison.
Although being constrained by costs of software, implementation and resource, Contractors are creating a proactive response to the growing need for BIM within the housing industry. The Hackitt requirement of creating the golden thread that connects the original specification to products that were recommended, and then what was actually installed, means that there is a need to deliver very efficiently to avoid additional costs impacting on commercial viability. Better Information Management will become key in achieving this. Construction teams can also reap further benefits by implementing BIM out in the field, which is becoming increasingly popular to assist in delivering quality homes across the country.
Housing Development clients have always been responsible for the safety of their residents but the transparency, governance and scrutiny of demonstrating this is changing rapidly – and this will change even more as the requirements of the Building Safety Regulator are established. Developers/Owners now have the opportunity to ensure they are provided with the information they need to plan and operate safe and cost effective estates. BIM4Housing provides the collaborative environment for clients to develop a consistent approach for requesting digital information from their supply chains, so enabling those individual suppliers to standardise and quality assure what they provide.
The operations team are all to often provided with incomplete and inaccurate information. They then need to invest time in reworking or even undertaking expensive surveys of newly completed buildings.
BIM4Housing provides the asset teams with the opportunity to reach a common agreement of what they need, speak to the other working groups to see how practical that is to deliver and end up with a more reliable asset information model to support new innovations around IoT and Digital Twins.