Examples on the use of BIM processes to enhance construction worker & site safety are highlighted by contractors in the report.
BIM provides the value of visually simulating construction safety situations. Turner Construction and Skanska Construction discuss their use of BIM for Safety in two separate areas of this 50-page report:
1) Emerging Uses of Technology to Advance Safety
The continued adoption of digital tools such as Building information Modeling (BIM), has prompted some construction firms to explore the potential uses of these tools for safety planning and training.
Site Safety Plans
Safety Planning, Training and Evaluation
2) Wearable Devices and Onsite Safety
Technologies that attach to—or are incorporated in—standard safety equipment such as vests and helmets can be part of a system that warns workers and/or supervisors when risks arise and can also provide data for analysis after incidents occur.
Identifying Worker Skills,
Training and Locations
Warning Systems Augmented and Virtual Reality
Additional McGraw-Hill SmartMarket BIM Reports reference the use of BIM for Safety and are available for free download on Bradley BIM Portal.
Bradley Articles with These McGraw-Hill SmartMarket BIM Reports:
Excerpt: As owners expand their BIM involvement, there is a growing need for them to understand how best to enable their project teams to provide them with he greatest BIM value. In other words, what makes a good "BIM owner"? Several experienced AEC firms offer perspectives on that question.
Excerpt: Owners who adopt BIM for facilities management are viewing numerous potential benefits, but they face a range of cultural and technological challenges along the way. In order to achieve integration, are pursuing a variety of these strategies.
My April Sourcceable.net article highlights three financial situations; where current BIM-CAD software licensing; became an extreme financial liability. It recently affected hundreds of firms and thousands of design, engineering and construction professionals.
BIM and CAD software licensing has been transitioning toward subscription-only programs. These programs are best described as pay-as-you-go, software rental, subscription or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) programs.
In 2016, Autodesk Subscription Licensing Programs begin a major transition to BIM-CAD software rental or pay-as-you-go licensing programs. As new licensing is incrementally rolled out, this model will eventually become the standard software delivery-access process for design professionals.
If Revit-AutoCAD software rental licensing had been available prior to 2009 --the financial and employment impact on the AECO market would have been different.
These 3 perpetual license situations affected hundreds of my clients, colleagues and my career.
Firms Had More Revit \ BIM Software Licenses Than Employed Staff
Firms Assumed Long-term License Costs (Ownership) for Short-Term Team Projects
Firms' Revit \ BIM Software Start-Up Costs and ROI Payback Time Were Painfully Long
After I highlight the affects of perpetual licensing of these 3 situations, I review how the availability of Rental \ Subscription Licensing could have avoided the financial chaos:
Daniel Hughes April BIM Article for Sourceable.net
Autodesk Licensing Over 30 Years - It's Time for a Transition
My first PC CAD software license was AutoCAD 1.x (1984) and my first BIM software license was Revit 4.0 (2002) The AutoCAD software was a perpetual license but the Revit license was an annual subscription (rental) license.
The AutoCAD perpetual license worked 24\7\365 --and allowed us to choose when or if we upgraded to the next software version. The Revit subscription (rental) license worked for 12 months and then required payment to run for another 12 months.
There was the infamous AutoCAD 2.5x software license; that included a hardware lock (licensing) device. The device connected to the computer’s parallel port (printer) to verify that it was a legal license. Without the hardware lock, the CAD software license would not to run. Eventually, Autodesk issued authentication codes with software licenses; that needed to be entered at the time of installation.
My Revit subscription (rental) license periodically “pinged” the Revit Corporate web license server to authenticate my laptop license. However, a few times when Revit tried to authenticate the license; I was not connected to the internet.
LOD is measuring\monitoring the projects'design + construction progress and completion deadlines. LOD is becoming a functional ingredient to Owners' BIM Execution Plans; while improving the model-building communications between project team members.
LOD is demonstrating its potential to measure Return-On-Investment (ROI) for individual Revit and/or BIM processes.
This sixty page report reveals the value contractors find in their use of BIM in nine of the largest global construction markets: Australia/New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, U.S. and U.K. It offers insights, both overall and by market, into the profile of contractors using BIM, the benefits and ROI derived from their BIM investments and the critical activities and practices for which they are using BIM. Specific snapshots of the contractor responses by region also provide additional understanding of the current use and future potential of BIM globally.
This link takes you to the McGraw-Hill site to obtain the free download thru their e-store.
BIM Level-Of-Development (LOD) was highlighted within several presentations. Those presentations providing LOD are bold-faced in the list below. I admit, I haven't listened to all the presentations on this list --as they were released 2 weeks ago. I'll update the boldfaced list of LOD presentations once I review them all.
2015 Fall BIMForum Class Presentation Topics | Videos and PDFs
BIM/VDC for Precon at Ledcor
Optimizing Project Decision Making with VDC
Designers Taking Back Control of BIM Design Coordination
How BIM Impacts the Structural Steel Fabrication Business
A PDF Does Not Equal Paper How the PDF Revolution is Advancing BIM Workflows
BIM before BIM’s
Owner Actions to Define Transparency in the Model-based Design Process
BIM Utilization Effectiveness – How We Became Effective BIM Producers While Driving Innovation Forward
Organizational Modules: Studying the Effects of Organizational Repetitions Using QCA
Taking Control of the Game – An Exploration of Virtual Reality and Gaming Workflows
Building Blocks in your BXP: BIM-M Initiative
Pre-engineered Metal Building Systems
Precast and BIM
Laser focus on accuracy in BXP: USIBD LOA & LOD
BIM Legal and Insurance Issues
Raising the Roof with your BXP: Steel Joist and Deck
Building Quality in your BXP: NISD CM-BIM by David Merrifield (NISD)
AEC Supply Chain Optimization – Building Information Modeling for Improved Productivity and Content Management for Off-Site Prefabrication in a Semi-Conductor Manufacturing Facility Retrofit Environment
4D > 3D Model + Schedule
Preconstruction in Construction: Managing Change in a Billion Dollar Hospital
Live Cost Modeling & Production Analytics with BIM
Constructible Design: Merging Design, Detailing and Coordination to Mitigate Risk and Create Predictable Outcomes
Our thanks to Bentley for using the Bradley Revit Family Library (1,000 families) as part of their larger data set --to test Revit family import stability \ integrity in the new AECOsim Building Designer V8i (SELECTseries 5) software.
Bentley's Technical Manager (a former Revit Manager) for this project, focused on
maintaining the Revit family geometry's dimensional integrity,
retaining the Revit family parametric & visibility control behavior,
retaining the embedded parameter data type values,
retaining the Revit family types (embedded or family catalogs)
This new feature immediately provides Bentley users access to 10's of thousands of Building Product Manufacturers' (BPM) Revit families in their native RFA file format.
Bentley will supports Revit family file formats for Revit 2009 through Revit 2014. When Autodesk Revit 2015 is released; Bentley will begin testing the Revit 2015 new features of the family file format (RFA).
It demonstrates Bentley's commitment to both interoperability between different BIM software tools --and the value of providing their users with pre-built BPM BIM content for their Bentley design projects.
However; for newcomers to the BIM process -- its hard to ask the planning questions when you either don't know the questions to ask OR why you are asking those questions.
A series of BIM Prep classes may be the answer. During my Baltimore visit with Gilbane's BIM Manager, he described a series of classes; that has been helpful to educate owners on 4 topic areas of asking for BIM on their projects.
Nationally, he's seen design and engineering principals attend these same classes; as a prerequisite to 'road mapping' BIM Process Initiatives in their own firms.
I've highlighted these classes during my national BIM education classes and workshops. Attending owners, designers and contractors have provided their positive experiences from attending these classes --so here's a course description that you can download of the AGC CM-BIM Certificate and its 4 classes.
The AGC Certificate of Management-Building Information Modeling (CM-BIM) is an assessment-based certificate credential; that denotes knowledge and understanding of concepts related to BIM adoption, practice and process transformation outlined in the AGC BIM Education Program. Successful candidates will carry the CM-BIM designation.
Summer 2014 launched the Bradley BIM 2.0 - Revit Library Update. Major portions of the Bradley Revit Library (1,000 Revit Families) were optimized and revised.
Rachel Hughes, Revit\BIM Support Technician (paid summer internship) has been piloting our Bradley BIM 2.0 Revit Library Updates. She cataloged each family's edits in our Standards Spreadsheet and authored new editing processes for our Revit Handbook.
More than 350 Bradley Revit families had their their visibility settings optimized.