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Take the task approach
In current design contracts designers
agree to deliver a well defined set of drawings, schedules,
specifications and other documents. In BIM data exchange 'just
BIM' is too vague, instead the different uses of a BIM must be
agreed. This should be done on the task level, i.e. specifying
the individual tasks a BIM will be used for. A task takes into
account the use case (e.g. energy analysis), the stage of the
project (e.g. concept design), the scope (e.g. first floor) and
even the receiving application.
Taking the task approach will help solve many of the problems we
currently have with BIM exchange. With it we always use our time
and resources on things that really matter. Each task can be
validated and is specific enough to be clearly
captured in contracts, making BIM data exchange business as
usual. Even legal and liability issues become easier to solve.
Turn BIM into a product
The key is to see each BIM that is exchanged
as a product. This product is well defined and has a value, which
means it can be sold and bought just like any other product. Each
'exchange BIM' is created for a specific task, and the value of the
exchange is determined by the value it adds to that task.
The product and its price can be captured in contracts. This can be
done either individually (each exchange is bought separately) or as
part of a larger agreement. There is an increasing number of
initiatives in support of BIM contracts, like the GSA BIM Guide,
Do predictable business
Current BIM data exchange is quite unpredictable; sometimes it works, sometimes not. This is a real
challenge because it makes the business risk of exchanging BIM high.
Sometimes technology simply fails but the ambiguity around the
content and purpose of each exchange also plays an important role.
The simplebim® application makes technology work better, focusing on
one task at a time. With the task approach the purpose, content and
expected outcome of each exchange is clear. This makes both the
exchange and your business more predictable.
Expand your business
The task approach increases the overall value
of BIM in a project because it helps perform tasks faster and with
better quality. When there is more value, there is more to sell.
BIM authors can sell the BIM data created in a project not only
once, but multiple times. This increases the business with existing
clients and with some innovation opens up the possibility for
selling to new clients as well.
Protect your rights
When the purpose and scope of each exchange is
clear, and documented in contracts, it is much easier to take
responsibility for BIM data exchange. If a exchange BIM is intended
to be used only for energy analysis, it is straight forward to
verify that it fits this purpose. But if someone tried to use the
same model for quantity take-off, it is clear that this is would not
be within the authorized use of that model.
This helps BIM authors protect their rights, and at the same time
the BIM clients get the product they ordered and paid for.
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