The BIM Challenge: Collaboration at the core
Steve Thompson, Tata Steel’s BIM Programme Manager discusses how Tata Steel are evolving their BIM content beyond current requirements and how this will allow effective collaboration through the supply chain at all stages of a project.
A world more connected…
As the world becomes smarter, more connected and the construction industry continues to focus on the challenge that the population boom will create, new buildings also need to integrate physical, digital and human systems to become smarter and deliver a sustainable future for the world’s cities.
This includes creating buildings, which connect to and can provide data on energy usage, water usage and transport throughout their lifecycle, for example.
Efficient use of BIM
One way in which this can be achieved is through more efficient use of BIM. In today’s construction industry, BIM is increasingly accepted as a modern design process, enabling improved multi-disciplinary integration and the ability to detect and resolve design issues earlier in the process where they have most potential to be resolved efficiently.
This means there is potential to build a more complete picture of a construction project at the design stage, showing how it can be delivered, operated and maintained to achieve the best possible outcomes.
Right information at the right time
With the development of BIM user-experience in mind, we have seen an opportunity to evolve BIM content beyond current requirements to ensure the correct level of information is available at each stage of a project.
As such, we are now designing our unique Building Information Modelling (BIM) content for the construction, energy & power and rail sectors.
As part of our Digital Product Platform, we are creating BIM content for over 7,000 products, which will provide accessible and accurate software-agnostic product information in a range of formats supported by 3D geometry.
Improving information flows through the supply chain
Building on Tata Steel’s existing digital expertise, the new BIM programme provides further support for structural engineers, architects, consulting engineers and project design teams to aid them in delivering a sustainable built environment through effective, efficient industry collaboration.
The BIM content is being specifically designed to provide flexible access to product data that can improve information flows through the supply chain.
The data is organised to:
Enable the users to select the level and the type of information they want to include, and can be tailored to suit different project stages, levels of detail and regional requirements.
Include integration with IFC2x4 for international open data exchange, as well as software specific data.
Provide country specific information exchange requirements, such as COBie in the UK, and further specification details.