2022’s top 10 BIM news stories

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Digital adoption, standards, carbon calculators, Interserve’s data breach fine and Dave Philp’s new role were among the most popular BIM news stories this year. But what was the most read news story on BIMplus?

Here are the top 10 most popular BIM new stories of 2022, from tenth to first.

Is a strategic approach the key missing ingredient in construction businesses’ digital journey? An insight report from Autodesk and the Chartered Institute of Building highlighted this concern.

The British Standards Institution detailed the four information management standards that were due to be published in 2022. Forewarned was forearmed.

Luke O’Keeffe, project manager at Dublin-based consultancy GagaMuller Group, won the gold medal for digital construction at the WorldSkills final. We found out what makes him tick.

The King’s College London Centre of Construction Law and the University of Cambridge Laing O’Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology developed the multi-party Integrated Information Management Contract.

The contract supports the collaboration necessary to realise the benefits of BIM and the application of the ISO 19650 standards.

A carbon calculator developed by Laing O’Rourke helped reduce embodied carbon by up to 19% on more than a dozen projects.

The year’s biggest bad news story: the Information Commissioner’s Office fined Interserve Group £4.4m. The fine was for failing to keep personal information of its 113,000 current and former staff secure. It related to a data breach that took place on 2 May 2020, which the ICO believed was avoidable. Interserve disputed the ICO’s findings.

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

Sir Robert McAlpine announced that it was rolling out a 360-degree construction site monitoring tool from Dalux. The contractor had been using Dalux’s smartphone app, which allows site workers to access 3D models and other project information, for a number of years. The latest addition was SiteWalk, a reality capture technology that creates visual documentation for the construction site.

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.

Many months before the UK BIM Alliance changed its name, its key people were sowing the seeds of the developments to come – and thus creating the biggest BIM news story of the year.

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 audiences’ daily challenges, engages many more people from a much wider cross-section of industry.”

Admittedly, our original and somewhat alarmist headline (it’s in the URL) may have helped drive traffic, but anybody who read the piece will have recognised the common sense driving the focus on information management.

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