Members of Housing groups across the construction industry are working together to provide the data and guidelines to help Housing Associations implement digital asset management.
The previous 18 months have seen the formation of six working groups, each focusing on a different aspect of the construction process: design, advisory, manufacturing, operations, and development.
Over the course of more than a hundred meetings, we’ve uncovered critical concerns that cut beyond traditional organizational boundaries and passed them along to several Workstreams, including Data Management, Fire Safety, MMC, and Sustainability.
There is a lot of interest in these gatherings, and for good reason: they bring together people from all parts of the supply chain to identify, debate, and resolve problems like change management that no one stakeholder group can handle alone.
Together with housing organizations and industry leaders, the goal is to give housing associations a chance to learn from one another and digitize their development and asset information.
Housing associations are in a unique position to profit from BIM methods since they often hold the majority of their created assets for a lengthy period of time.
However, it appears that only a tiny percentage of owners have the right as-built information on the assets that have been put in their properties.
After the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the Hackitt Review said that the building and fire safety information creation and transmission to and retention by third parties is a major problem within the sector.
According to the laws, the Building Safety Regulator will require that a ‘digital by default’ record system be used to maintain a Building Safety Case. Because of this, housing associations must adopt digital methods of preserving crucial information more urgently.
As a first step in identifying and resolving BIM challenges in the housing sector, the following objectives must be met:
- All stakeholders in the construction sector should work together more constructively, with BIM acting as a vehicle for improving how interested organizations engage; connect; and utilize the benefits available during the building process.
- There are times when it is important to connect with BIM4 groups in other sectors (e.g. BIM BIM, BIM4FM, BIM4Manufacturing) directly or indirectly through the larger BIM4Communities group (see below).
- To gather and make public a body of evidence (case studies, pilot projects, etc.).
- BIM standards, knowledge, up-skilling needs, and best practices in the home building industry will be better understood and better utilized through events and training.
- BIM4Housing groups throughout the globe must collaborate with each other to share best practices and achieve global standards (e.g. Norwegian BIM Assoc.).
To join, you must be affiliated with a private or public company involved in the planning, design, construction, management, or delivery of residential or commercial property.
Customers, contractors, consultants, suppliers, subcontractors, and other key stakeholders are represented in the BIM4Housing membership.
Sarah Davidson, the UK BIM Alliance’s implementation co-lead, said: “For BIM implementation to be successful, it must be based on client-driven needs for digital information management. That’s why we’re happy to be involved in it. It is our aim that the results will help and impact all those involved in the digitization of our business.”
Contact us on https://bim4housing.com/ for more information.