You said it: 2022’s most read BIM opinions

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Digital twins, BIM certification, the golden thread and myths about BIM. These were the key topics that grabbed your attention this year among the 36 opinions we published.

Here are the top five most popular opinions of 2022, from fifth to first.

Dean Douglas, a researcher at BIM Academy, shared the fruits of his PhD research into digital twins. He said: “We need to be looking at how we incorporate data scientists, computer programmers, data analysts and app developers into the industry’s workforce.”

Certification has its role to play, but beware the commercialisation of it. That was the warning from David Shepherd, the House of Commons project BIM leader. He said: “The ensuing efforts to monetise certification have turned standards compliance into a feeding frenzy of commercialism.”

L&Q BIM strategy lead Johnny Furlong offered an update on the golden thread and sounded a warning about those claiming to offer ‘approved’ solutions to help with safety regulations.

Kirsty Villiers, then BIM workstream lead at L&Q, reviewed the progress towards the golden thread. Specifically, she focused on the work of the Golden Thread Initiative.

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.”

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