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BIM Implications for the Quantity Surveyor

A recent article in Irish Construction discussed an analysis of the Building Information Modelling (BIM) process from the perspective of Irish construction companies and professionals like the quantity surveyor and others working in the marketplace.

Building Information Modelling has been in use for some time. It involves using 3D software tools to document the physical elements of a building and the functions that will be carried out throughout the building over the course of its use; from construction to demolition. It is used to inform all the stakeholders on a project about the buildings characteristics and uses and therefore it should facilitate co-operation and understanding between all the disciplines; architecture, quantity surveying, engineering, construction companies etc.

The purpose of the research was to review the implications of adapting BIM processes more whole-heartedly in an Irish context. And this blog has been written to give you a general flavour of the research conclusions.

When the research was discussed and instigated initially, it was a challenge to tighten the scope as there are so many stakeholders and considerations. Ultimately six key areas as follows;

• Visualisation

The benefits of being able to visualise a building in use are considerable; not only to be able to add or remove elements on the software with little or no cost implications, but also the visuals shared with all the professionals facilitates a quicker understanding of the requirements and better grasp of what the expectation was.

• Constructability

Constructability simply makes for optimal project delivery and the article points out that there is no requirement for a constructability review on any construction projects at present – even major infra-structure projects. It suggests that the construction sector should develop guidance in the form of a constructability assessment protocol, not just in relation to BIM but as best practice in general.

• Collaboration

At its core, BIM essentially drives successful collaboration and an integrated approach for project delivery. With Irish construction companies moving towards Lean processes, the combination of the two approaches offers considerable opportunity to improve the current fragmented approach on many building projects.

• Safety

BIM also serves as a platform to improve Health & Safety management and the use of dynamic rule-base software will help the quantity surveyor and other professionals to make sure the right safety systems are in place at the right time.

• Clash Detection

The modls produced through BIM make it much easier to clearly identify where clashed might occur e.g. between services and structures. This means the planning is more effective and on-site clashes should be eliminated when BIM is used to its full potential.

• The Quantity Surveyor and 5D

The research recommends that quantity surveyor professionals and the relevant trade bodies should identify and implement BIM into their processes. This may require agreeing a new standard method of measurement so that software tools available in other global regions can be embraced in an Irish and Euro context.

• Progress Tracking

BIM is probably the definitive integration tool available in the construction sector and it offers significant potential benefits in terms of project tracking, as the visuals facilitate much easier project scheduling and progress tracking.

MMP and BIM

MMP is at the forefront of introducing effective BIM tools in the planning and project management of construction projects. Our experienced quantity surveyor team have developed extensive expertise in terms of using BIM to drive efficiencies and we believe we are leaders in the marketplace in this respect.

Contact MMP – we look forward to your call.