2022’s most popular stories: the BIMplus top 10

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What really mattered in BIM and digital construction in 2022? We’ve crunched the data to compile the BIMplus top 10 stories overall for this year.

Debunking common myths about BIM, what good data looks like, and the UK BIM Alliance’s change to nima were all key issues for BIMplus readers.

Here then is the BIMplus top 10, from tenth to first.

The biggest transfer story of the year! No, not Erling Haaland’s £51m move from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City! We’re talking about Dave Philp, formerly director of digital consulting, strategy and innovation at Aecom Europe, moving over to Bentley Systems’ Cohesive Group as chief value officer.

The acronym, the 3D modelling, the software and the cost: Nigel Davies debunked the four most common myths about BIM. He reminded everyone: “While the software is an important element of achieving better information management practices, BIM in itself is much bigger than just an online tool.”

Applying the new BIM ISO 19650-3 standard to digitise asset information about a design-build-finance-operate motorway built 15 years earlier paid dividends for the Amey Roads NI team.

What does good data in construction look like? John Millar, technologist at BIM Academy, offered his view. He noted: “Perhaps the most fundamental measurement of data quality, a high degree of accuracy in the data is necessary in order for it to be fully representative of its subject matter.”

What is often labelled the ‘final piece of the jigsaw’ in the suite of international standards to facilitate collaborative BIM was launched in October – ISO 19650-4. Nick Nisbet, project lead of the group that developed the standard, explained the important differences it will make.

When Galliford Try’s John Ford writes for BIMplus, the industry is compelled to read. This year was no exception as he shared his experience of moving from PAS 1192 to ISO 19650. Specifically, he looked at the challenges related to the Project’s Information Standard.

Ford wrote: “For me, 2022 is the year when many of the major public sectors began the transition from the withdrawn PAS 1192 information management principles to the current ISO 19650 standards. I have seen some really well thought out, comprehensive information requirements for the first time that are sure to test the limits of digital capability.”

Sir Robert McAlpine revealed that it was rolling out a 360-degree construction site monitoring tool from Dalux. SiteWalk is a new reality capture technology that creates visual documentation for the construction site.

BIM Academy technologist Murillo Piazzi outlined why ISO 19650-5 and taking a security-minded approach to information matters to your business. “A simple Ctrl+F could be enough for people to know where the Achilles’ heel of a project or facility is,” he declared.

The top two stories are connected. In early October, BIMplus exclusively revealed the UK BIM Alliance’s new name, nima, and its new approach. That approach put the emphasis on information management – rather than BIM – and its importance to as wide an audience as possible.

Topping the BIMplus top 10 was this story in which key UK BIM Alliance people sowed the seeds of the developments to come.

Then Alliance vice-chair, Casey Rutland, and committee member Fiona Moore, wrote a paper entitled BIM to IM that acknowledged BIM’s slow adoption and called on the industry to refocus away from BIM and on to the outcome of information management.

Rutland and Moore said: “Put simply, experience has shown us that changing the message from ‘building information modelling’ to ‘information management’ and speaking about an audience’s daily challenges, engages many more people from a much wider cross-section of industry.”

This is our last post of 2022, so heres to a safe and prosperous 2023!

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