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Foreword
Since the UK Government Construction Strategy was launched in 2011 with its ambitions for BIM and the beginnings of a digitised construction sector there has been significant progress made in developing a wrapper to enable this collaborative approach. Clients and supply chain organisations are starting to use their data  to better design, procure assets and create a more efficient built environment that is more sustainable with better places to live and more intelligent infrastructure.
As industry moves from BIM mobilisation to implementation it is essential that there is practical information at hand to help them successfully execute digital projects and understand how to instil Level 2 BIM across their business. This book offers real-world advice on how you can create that digital transformation and successfully realise the benefits that BIM will bring through more efficient and innovative ways of working. It’s not a matter of if, but when your firm will implement BIM. Are they on the right track and are they moving fast enough?




Preface 
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is currently the most talked about term within the construction industry all over the world. The UK government has made the use of BIM technologies and processes mandatory on all public sector projects from 2016 regardless of size. Inevitably, this has given rise to a high level of interest in BIM within the UK and elsewhere. Whilst BIM technologies have been used in a ‘lonely’ mode for a few years now in several countries, there is generally a lack of proper understanding and appreciation of processes, standards and protocols that need to be in place before a more holistic implementation can take place potentially benefitting all stakeholders in the procurement and operation & maintenance of an asset.
There have been innumerable books, papers and reports published on the theoretical underpinnings of BIM technologies but relatively few have dealt with the more mundane practical issues around implementing BIM technologies and processes in a construction project. This books aims to fulfil that need. Most of the material is country or technologyagnostic although some material may seem to be UK-centric. Even those parts of the book which may appear to be UK-centric will be relevant for any other country and could well be easily adapted. This book attempts to be of practical use to practising engineers, architects, contractors as well as client organisations. However, it will also be of use to students of more advanced built environment courses.




The book is organised into seven chapters and four appendices. They are organised purposely in such a way that any one of them could be read almost entirely on its own. However, it is recommended that the first four introductory chapters (1–4) should be read before embarking upon the other chapters individually. The first four chapters should hopefully help the reader develop an understanding of the main drivers and background behind BIM-driven asset life cycle management.
In the process, it is hoped that a number of misconceptions and myths about BIM will be addressed helping the reader develop a proper understanding of the key issues and put the whole BIM story into perspective. The four appendices provide some very practical advice and material for implementation of BIM in projects. The central message of this book is that BIM is all about seamless information management for the entire life cycle of an asset rather than simply information modelling at the design and construction stages.

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