How homebuilders may move past the handover pack by reimagining BIM
A holistic process of creating and managing information for a build asset is Building Information Modeling (BIM). On the basis of an intelligent model & enabled by a cloud-platform, BIM has integrated structured, multi-disciplinary data for production of a digital projection of an asset across its lifecycle, from planning & design to construction and operations.
BIM allows design & construction teams for working more with efficiency, but it allows them to capture the data they create during the process to benefit operations and maintenance activities. Because of that factor, BIM mandates are increasing across the globe.
BIM is a revolution because projects are delivered across industries, adding intelligence and efficiency to project execution–and connecting teams, data, and workflows at every stage of the project in the cloud for better project outcomes.
BIM Interoperability project teams can work and communicate fluidly across disciplines and industries, regardless of preferred software tools and vendors.
On average, digitally literate consumers are increasing and expecting access to & control of data about for many aspects of their life. They have homes that are no different and are already using apps & services to manage their innovative systems, heating, lighting, and entertainment. This growing familiarity with intelligent systems is increasing consumer appetite & expectation & for data, which is beginning to impact builders of new homes.
People who are buying properties in this new-world are known of how much digital information has been generated about their new home, which is no longer tenable to buzz them off with a pack of user manuals and some warranties. In contrast, most of the information would have been previously been stored on paper, PDF, or unconnected IT systems; homebuilders started digitization of the traditional handover pack into various digital forms, including apps and developer portals.
According to a recent Re-Imagining BIM project that took a complete new look for how buyers of new homes expected to receive information and how it can be forted to them in an understandable and usable way.
The study started with homeowner behavior. The researcher looked at the kinds of activity homeowners start running & maintain their homes & how better information could improve it. The researchers also looked at the formats information should be delivered to them to make it most useful.
A prominent field that came along with the research was for homeowners to access layout & dimension information that can be shared digitally with furnishing companies, tradespeople, & other online-services. Homeowners thought of interactive floorplans, dimensioned-layouts, and building-data that they could load directly into other companies' apps.
The researchers wanted maintenance information delivered in formats consistent with how they manage the rest of their lives with calendar invites, notifications, and links to FAQs and shareable specifications.
A new section that emerged was the data increase which is required by the finance and regulatory industries. There is significant pressure on homeowners knowing that their homes are built of and being able to share that on to finance & insurance companies. In the same vein, the increasing emphasis on net zero means homeowners need to know about their home's energy performance & the nature of the materials utilized to build it.
Most of the data we as core to this new homeowner experience can be built simply by suppliers & providers of components of new-homes. In this new-world, the information has to be spread and held in connected, open-web formats. The developer's role of finding ways to pass it on in forms and in services that make sense to home-owners.
Property logbooks deliver homeowners with a home management dashboard and a secure-data store. They are an evolutionary step-beyond the simple developer portal and are digital asset that builds over-time to be passed to future-owners on sale. Property logbook as a "related-digital-asset" is at present included in the data-schemas being developed by the conveyancing industry.
One of the key findings of the term - Re-Imagining BIM project was that it is possible to interlink property logbooks to construction software & developer-portals so that the foundation and handover of property logbooks can be part of a digital-workflow. BIM gets adopted, and these integrations will be more straightforward, and the data flow more seamless. However, it needs data-planning at the beginning of the construction process.
The step is to recognize that data which is now a core-part of the "product," not an add-on or customer service feature, where builders of houses need to remember they have responsibilities to their buyers in this world.
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