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Tuesday22 July 2014

RIBA falls short on bim, say architects

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BD survey shows a lack of guidance for industry

The majority of architects believe the RIBA is not providing enough guidance on the adoption of bim, according to BD’s latest survey.

The data, gathered exclusively for BD’s Bim White Paper, shows that only a quarter of 369 respondents thought the institute was supporting architects in adopting building information modelling technology. The findings come in the week the RIBA published its bim overlay for the Plan of Work, which will see the first changes to the document since it was published 50 years ago.

Richard Brindley, executive director for membership and professional support at the RIBA, said he was “not surprised” by the survey response, adding: “For some people RIBA can never do enough.”

The institute’s bim overlay aims to make a strong business case for bim, and sets out how to integrate the approach into practice.

Adrian Dobson, RIBA director of practice, said the document would “cut through some of the confusion about bim”, highlighting key aspects through the work stages that architects should be aware of.

  • Outlining the overlay, Dobson said the most important differences to architects’ workflow are:
  • Understanding from the start of the project what the architect and the client are trying to get out of using bim, and finding out who is responsible for the accuracy of the model.
  • Clearly defining dates for key information exchanges between the architect, client and contractor.
  • Making sure systems are in place showing the status of the information within the model.

Meanwhile, BD’s survey highlights how much work needs to be done on bim adoption.

It found that half of the profession did not know what the three levels of bim were, as defined by the government, and nearly 55% did not know about Cobie (Construction Operations Building Information Exchange) — the format in which the government wants all practices to supply information by 2016.

However, a fifth of sole practitioners said they were investigating the business case for bim, while all respondents of practices between 25 and 40 architects said they had engaged with bim.

Published this week on bdonline.co.uk, the Bim White Paper includes full results from the survey as well as in-depth case studies of UK practices which have shared their experiences of bim adoption.

This week the RIBA will publish its bim overlay for the RIBA Plan of Work.

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  • In the meantime I guess we are stuck with Tim.

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  • zecks_marquise

    So BD asks RIBA why they haven't pulled their finger out, and all they get is indifference. Why anyone bothers to pay fee to these idiots is beyond belief

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  • The RIBA fails architects and students in so many ways though. What else is new?

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  • BIM
    Give monkeys a type writer and........

    Ziggy knows...

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  • Ps
    It's got nothing to do with the RIBA....

    BIM is a con

    Don't be suckered you fools.....
    Get your pencils out and kill it now !!!

    Ziggy knows...

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  • ...said they had .. engaged...???!! with bim...

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  • RIBA failing 'architects' when it comes to BIM... Does that include Part 2s?

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  • I seem to recall RIBA vacillation and lack of real guidance when CAD was first introduced. Stay with CAD and soft pencils too. Forget BIM for years!

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  • bonvivant

    I intend to follow through the rest of my career without ever using, let alone needing, BIM and I'm younger than I look.

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  • BIM is not simply the future. It is now and architects need to wake up to it or they will simply miss the boat.
    We have moved to BIM software on all new projects.
    Our major clients are now looking to move their future projects to BIM.
    The BIM overlay is a start but it is a bit simplistic an utopian. More guidance is needed on legal issues, levels of model development etc. The AIA in the States seems well ahead of the RIBA on this.

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