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BIM management

The BIM Management mission is to integrate the objects issued by the different BIM contributors into a single digital model and then to manage their interfaces to ensure the overall consistency of the model, with respect to delivery schedules and final parameters desired by the client.

To achieve this goal, we have established a work methodology that clarifies the set of tasks included in BIM Management. It is divided into the 3 phases described below.

1. BIM environment definition

The BIM environment of the project refers to its mode of operation and its evolution over time according to the client’s and designer’s objectives.

It must be defined upstream of the project in order to guarantee the achievement of results and must correspond to a consultation time where we define the added values desired by the BIM and its end use.

Defining the BIM environment involves setting many factors including:

  • List of BIM software used according to the trades and added values sought, the processes of collaborative exchanges and validation between the actors of the identified projects
  • Exchange platform and cabinet tools with a paperless system
  • Information system infrastructure: server, throughput, computer power, location and storage space, etc.
  • Production expectations of each BIM contributor as well as the possible training modalities of them.
  • Awareness processes with the internal and external teams
  • Management of the interoperability problems between software which are systematic, recurrent and specific to each environment

2. BIM production coordination

Once the BIM environment is determined, BIM Management focuses on managing the BIM objects produced by the contributing actors. This step relies, among other things, on a clear division of the roles and responsibilities of each contributor. Particular attention is paid to the articulation of these aspects to the players concerned as well as their legal transcription in order to limit the risks during the course of the project.

The coordination of each actor’s productions is based on classic “management”: facilitation of meetings, management of the exchanges and follow-up of a schedule of delivery previously validated by all the actors. The feedback we have received has allowed us to establish planning models by type of structure and desired level of BIL detail, with optimized critical pathways and the necessary provisions for exchange and interface times during analysis of communicated BIM objects.

3. BIM model standardization

This last step of BIM Management concerns the control of objects / BIM model, once issued by contributing actors. It involves checking the forms and attributes of these objects, their levels of detail as well as the establishment of links between them and the verification of the coherence of the entirety.

To accomplish this, we rely on a systematic control of each received BIM object / model. When a “conflict” is detected (lack of information, incoherence of settings, insufficient LOD, possible bugs), we apply a procedure of problem identification, edition and communication of a report to the transmitter of the object then we integrate it into the global reporting of tasks.

To ensure good responsiveness, exchanges and consultations are provided for the progressive resolution of each conflict detected in parallel with the progress of production. This step does not include the technical analysis of the conflicts detected or the solution proposal, voluntarily separated and integrated into the “BIM Coordination” expertise.

Once the BIM objects / models have been validated, they are assimilated to a global model that must be managed, facilitated and parameterized as the project progresses.

It is common for a BIM model to be assigned different operating modes during the project phases, implying a transformation of the data and parameterization of the latter. During these transition phases, as we have learned from feedback, it is recommended that only the team in charge of BIM Management make the parameter changes to save time and overall consistency.

BIM achievements

The Vuitton Foundation, L’Anse du Portier in Monaco, Expolink 2020 are examples of our expertise in BIM Management.

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